Indonesia parliament approves eminent domain bill Michael Haggerson at 2:12 PM ET
[JURIST] The Indonesian parliament approved a bill on Friday that gives the government eminent domain [JURIST news archive] powers to seize land from individuals without their consent, as long as compensation is provided. Proponents of the bill argue that it will allow the government to increase infrastructure [Reuters report], leading to improvements in the economy. A day after the bill passed, Fitch Ratings [official website] upgraded Indonesia to an investment grade rating. Human rights groups argue that the land acquisition bill threatens notions of traditional lands rights and will lead to conflict between land owners and the government.
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