Tuesday, 16 July 2019 | 05:00 WIB

Institutions Urge Indonesian Gov’t to Accelerate Ratification of OpCAT

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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Protection of human rights is a very important aspect and needs proper attention. One form of effective prevention framework in preventing torture and other cruel, inhuman punishment is the ratification of the Optional Protocol CAT (OpCAT).

Based on this, five institutions have urged the government to speed up the ratification process of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OpCAT). The five institutions include the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), the National Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), and the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI).

"OpCAT is complimentary which will help the State's commitment to the CAT (Convention Against Torture). It aims to prevent torture and other ill-treatment by forming a system consisting of periodic visits to all places suspected of deprivation of freedom within the jurisdiction and control of the state," said the Commissioner Komnas HAM Sandrayati Moniaga during a press conference on Wednesday (6/26/2019).

Sandrayati said, Indonesia as a country that upholds the protection of human rights needs to ratify the OpCAT. This is done because of several things, including: giving more value to Indonesia in the eyes of the international world as a country that has a commitment to protecting human rights. Besides that there is moral legitimacy for the protection of Indonesian citizens everywhere.

Some other things are, OpCAT's commitment that has appeared in the UPR and Ranham reports. In addition, there are already cooperation between five state institutions in the prevention of torture in places of deprivation of freedom.

This encouragement was conveyed because the ratification of OpCAT had been hampered because there were several impacts that could arise after the ratification was carried out. For example, international parties can carry out sudden inspections in Indonesia.

"Basically the government has intended to ratify. We hope that this can be realized and immediately included in the national legislation program," he said.

This encouragement was conveyed by five institutions, coinciding with every June 26 throughout the world, the international community commemorated the Anti-Torture Day. This is a moment that began with the important steps of the United Nations to begin the enactment of the Convention against Torture on June 26, 1987.

Sandrayati said, the moment was a reminder to the world community that torture, inhuman or degrading acts were universally illegal. The date is also an opportunity for the community to provide support for victims and survivors of torture throughout the world.