Students Urge Court to Withdraw PT Kalista Alam’s Permit

ACEH BARAT – Tens of thousands of members of the Committee of Students Concerned For The Environment demonstrated on Thursday in front of the District Court of Meulaboh, demanding the immediate withdrawal of the permit of PT Kalista Alam, a palm oil company operating in the environmentally  sensitive Tripa peat swamps.
“Withdraw the concession permit of PT Kalista Alam and the state shall confiscate it, since there is no benefit for the community,” shouted the coordinator of the action, Rizky Burnama.
The students also urged the district court to fairly decide the case on PT Kalista Alam. The court was conducting session in the case filed by the Ministry of Environment (M0E) through the State Attorney related to the clearing by burning in Tripa peat swamp.
“Bring the owner and the shareholders of PT Kalista Alam to court and punish them as fair as possible. If proven guilty, we want PT Kalista Alam to pay the material damage to the affected community,” said Rizky.
The students also brought banners condemning the company. One read ‘Save Tripa Peat Swamp, Withdraw the permit of PT Kalista Alam.’ They also performed a theatrical act by colouring their bodies green and black.

The Chairman of the District Court of Meulaboh, Rahmawati, addressed to the demonstrating students, saying the court would render a fair decision in accordance with the law.
“Thank you to the students for their support to this court to handle the case of PT Kalista Alam. Give us your trust. We will be fair in the decision of this case,” said Rahmawati.

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The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

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