30 May '16, 10am

Singapore's Haze Act May Violate ASEAN Charter

Singapore's Haze Act May Violate ASEAN Charter

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta : Singapore's Transboundary Haze Pollution Act (THPA) may violate principles in the ASEAN Charter, said international law expert from University of Indonesia, Hikmahanto Juwana. THPA passed by the Singaporean parliament in 2014 following haze crisis caused by forest fire in Indonesia. The law gives power to the Singaporean authorities to persecute companies suspected of contributing to the haze pollution in Singapore. Since it has extra-territorial application, it also covers companies operating outside the country. "It is measure to address the haze issue," said Hikmahanto during focus group discussion held by Media Group here, Monday (5/30/2016). THPA triggered diplomatic tension between Indonesia and Singapore this month after Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) obtained court warrant against a director of an Indonesian company suspect...

Full article: http://en.metrotvnews.com/world/JKR4VJVb-singapore-s-haze...

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