Now that the Manado District Court has acquitted Newmont’s Rick Ness of pollution charges it is time for the NGOs like Walhi and Jatam to have a reality check. Walhi has been conspiciously silent of late, primarily because it cannot and will not substiatiantate its charges of pollution against Newmont in Buyat.
The inability to muster facts to support an allegation, however, hasn’t hampered Jatam, which has, unsurprisingly, protested against the court decision. And so it goes.
Perhaps if both of these NGOs want to salvage their credibility it is time for them to start showing more accountability to the public. They can start by posting in this blog a comment as to why they think that the court decision is unjust. They might also want to explain to all and sundry what happened to their allegations of the existence of Minimata disease at Buyat Bay.