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Judicial Review of Law No. 36 of 2009, Ruling in Case No. 24

Officials from a local Indonesian farming administration and their representative farmers challenged the constitutionality of Article 113 of Indonesia’s Health Law.  The farmers claimed the law excluded any beneficial uses for tobacco and thus severely damaged their livelihoods as tobacco farmers.  The court accepted the arguments and found that tobacco also has other beneficial uses despite its dangers to human health.  The court granted the petition holding parts of Article 113 unconstitutional and suggesting a changing of the wording to embody the court’s ruling.