Indonesia’s Environmental Foundation (WALHI) filed a lawsuit against the Government in late last year against the Head of the Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). At the heart of the lawsuit is the Head of BKPM’s decision to grant a Production Operation Mining License (IUP-OP) to PT Emas Mineral Murni, a subsidiary of Canada-based Asiamet Resources Limited (formerly Kalimantan Gold Corporation Limited; LSE: ARS). The Company operates in the district of Beutong in the regency of Nagan Raya, Aceh. Its presence has been rejected by the inhabitants of villages around the area since 2013. Last week, the lawsuit was declined by the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN Jakarta). Around the same time, the residents living around the mining area and activists simultaneously held a rally asking the Company to leave the regency. By April 12, 2019, the Company had reportedly voluntarily stopped their activity.
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