INDONESIA DEFERS BILLS ON MINING AND LAND REFORM AMID PROTESTS
Indonesia’s outgoing parliament voted to postpone controversial bills on mining and land reform in the face of massive student protests. At least two students were killed in the protests outside the Indonesian parliament on September 30. Protestors criticized the bills for favoring business interests over the environment and land rights of indigenous communities. Despite the suspension, a new carry-over mechanism passed last week allows for bills left pending the previous term to be voted on by the next parliament. The new parliament sworn in on October 1 retains 60% of the previous term’s legislators, making it likely the bills will pass without objection. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2019/10/indonesia-mining-law-land-bill-enviro….