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China encourages environmental groups to sue polluters

Date of Release: 
Jan 7 2015

China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.

Social groups that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court said on its website.

They will also be allowed to sue firms or individuals across China, regardless of where the organisation is based.

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China’s judges will struggle to put new environment law into practice

Date of Release: 
May 21 2014

While some commentators have expressed relief about the stricter provisions spelled out in the new environmental law, others remain sceptical about their enforcement. But for China’s judges, the most pressing problem is how to try environmental cases in practice.

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Trimbak river pollution case hearing on May 15

Date of Release: 
May 14 2014

The Trimbak river pollution case, which was to be heard on Tuesday by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Western zone, Pune, was postponed to May 15 as one of the judges had to go on an emergency leave. The hearing was earlier scheduled for May 13.

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Thai agencies, officials sued in landfill fire

Date of Release: 
May 2 2014

Locals affected by pollution from two toxic garbage dump fires in tambon Phraeksa in Muang district on Wednesday sued seven state agencies and officials for failure, negligence and delay in performing their duty to handle the fires and illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

Samnuan Prapin of the Lawyers Council of Thailand's environmental committee filed the lawsuits with the Central Administrative Court on behalf of 165 affected residents.

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45,000 trials broadcast live last year, says China's chief justice

Date of Release: 
Mar 11 2014

China broadcast 45,000 trials live last year, including high-profile ones like disgraced politician Bo Xilai's, its chief justice has said, as Beijing intensifies efforts to boost transparency in the judicial process to shore up its legitimacy.

Giving his first annual report as chief justice on the Supreme People's Court's (SPC) work in the past year, at the tail end of the National People's Congress meeting yesterday, judge Zhou Qiang said deepening judicial reform by improving transparency will be a key task this year.

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Thai court sides with Samut Sakhon villagers

Date of Release: 
Jul 19 2013

Samut Sakhon villagers scored a major victory yesterday in their years-long legal battle against a coal production and transportation firm and various local officials.

The long battle claimed the life of protest leader Thongnak Sawekjinda, who was shot dead in July 2011.

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Thailand: Pollution Department loses B9 bln fight over Klong Dan graft

Date of Release: 
Nov 12 2012

Wichian Jungrungruang, the Pollution Department's director-general, said the verdict upholds an earlier decision by an arbitration panel which ordered the agency to pay almost 9 billion baht to the NVPSKG consortium for the waste water treatment facility.

In its ruling last Friday, Administrative Court judges ruled two-to-one to award the lump sum to the NVPSKG consortium.

The amount covered construction payments and compensation plus interest.

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Malaysia: Environment NGO takes Tawau council to court

Date of Release: 
Nov 9 2012

The Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) is seeking to legally stop the constuction and operation of the Kubota power plant in Tawau which it claims is a health hazard.

Sepa president Wong Tack, who filed the application at the High Court here for a judicial review, named the Tawau Municipal Council president, federal Environment Department director, Land and Survey Department director and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) as its first, second, third and fourth respondents respectively.

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Malaysian Court Delays Rare Earth Plant Again

Date of Release: 
Oct 4 2012

A Malaysian court Thursday kept Lynas’s license for a controversial rare earth plant on hold by delaying until Oct. 10 a decision on whether to consider judicial reviews to block production permanently.

The Australian mining company said the Kuantan High Court’s decision had extended a one-week halt that expired Thursday.

The rare earth plant — one of the largest outside China — has been ready to fire up since early May, but the company has been embroiled in environmental and safety disputes with local residents since construction began two years ago.

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India: CEC's protected area buffer zone recommendation upset activists

Date of Release: 
Oct 6 2012

The recommendation by the Supreme Court-appointed central empowered committee (CEC) to carve out only a one km to 100 m wide buffer zone for protected areas has upset environmental activists, who alleged that it was too insignificant for conservation of the state's rich floral and faunal biodiversity.

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