In Japan, Indonesian Villagers File Official Complaints on Batang Coal Plant

At the end of July, three villagers affected by the proposed Batang coal-fired power plant in Central Java, Indonesia, did something unprecedented. They travelled all the way to Tokyo to personally deliver an official objection to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the public financial institution considering funding the project.

This is the first time that affected communities have personally submitted an objection under JBIC’s environmental guidelines and only the second time ever that such an objection has been lodged. Therefore it represents an important test case: will JBIC take their concerns seriously and investigate the alleged violations, or will they ignore the villager concerns and proceed with the loan?

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Posted August 13, 2015 by repit in News

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