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The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has indicated that the city’s water provision, handled by two private firms PT Aetra Air Jakarta and PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja), constituted a human rights violation.

Komnas HAM commissioner Sandrayati Moniaga said during a trial session on water privatization at the Central Jakarta District Court on Tuesday that the commission had found indications of human rights violations, especially related to access to clean water, after the cooperation agreement between city-owned water operator PT PAM Jaya and its two foreign partners — Aetra and Palyja — was signed in June 1997.

Sandra, an expert witness in the trial, said the government had not yet fulfilled the right to water and sanitation to at least half of Jakarta’s 10 million residents, according to the Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI).

“The coverage of piped water is also limited. There are only 870,000 connections,” she said, adding that was only 45 percent of the target.

The commissioner also emphasized that water tariffs in Jakarta were the highest in Indonesia and higher even than several cities in Southeast Asia.

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