Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | 11:14 WIB

Social Affairs Ministry Discloses Strategy on Preventing Violence and Torture

Indonesia Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs welcomes the collaborations in efforts to prevent violence and torture. Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara is of the opinion that collaboration is urgent in the midst of rampant violence in the public.

"There is already a Police institution, but we can work more closely in order to prevent violence and torture around us. We really welcome the cooperation that can be done," Juliari said in Jakarta, on Thursday (10/15/2020).

Based on data from the Ministry of Social Affairs in the last three months, cases of violence against children increased sharply, especially cases of children in conflict with the law. There were 3,555 cases recorded in June, which then rose to 4,928 cases in July, and 5,364 cases in August. The cases were responded to by the Social Worker Services Unit (Sakti Peksos).

In addition, cases that were also quite high were child victims of sexual crimes and children victims of abuse and neglect. Sakti Peksos responded to 1,433 cases of child victims of sexual crimes in June, jumping to 2,214 cases in July and August, with 2,489 cases.

Meanwhile, there were 766 cases of children victims of mistreatment and neglect in June, up by 1,116 cases in July and August to 1,247 cases.

"So it is important that we strengthen the coordination, planning, and systematic steps, and push together," he said.

Juliari's statement was conveyed to re-emphasize the issue in a virtual audience with representatives of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), the Indonesian Ombudsman, and the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK), on Wednesday (10/14/2020).

Indonesia has ratified the Convention against Torture or the official language is the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (The United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment/CAT), through Law Number 5 Year 1998.

During the hearing, the participants discussed the urgency for OPCAT ratification to become a priority scale. Participants discussed that the obstacle that is often experienced is that incomplete studies that may not necessarily be able to enter the priority scale for ratification of international conventions.

At the constitutional level, Social Affairs Minister Juliari will oversee proposals related to OPCAT ratification to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights so that it can be ratified in the House of Representatives as a Government proposal.

"Likewise the proposal regarding the development of shared knowledge in the ranks of the Ministry of Social Affairs which can be followed up by the Social Center under the local government or the private sector," he said.

At the technical level, he said, the steps that the Ministry of Social Affairs might take include studies at the centers/orphanages regarding the alleged occurrence of torture in services in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs' Professional Development Center (Pusbangprof), Social Health Institution Application Agency (BALAKS), and various related institutions. other.

"Collaborating with Pusbangprof and BALAKS to make accreditation. If the accreditation requirements are not fulfilled due to human rights violations, the Ministry of Social Affairs can recommend revoking the operational permit of the orphanage," said Social Minister Juliari.

In addition, the Minister of Social Affairs welcomed the planned training for officers in the publi halls and community institutions. He said the training can be done virtually with the support of the Ministry of Social Affairs Data and Information Center (Pusdatin).