Indonesia’s Human Rights Court: Need for Reform

Dewi, Yustina Trihoni Nalesti and Niemann, Grant R and Triatmodjo, Marsudi (2017) Indonesia’s Human Rights Court: Need for Reform. ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE LAW, 18 (1). pp. 28-47. ISSN 1571-8158 / 1388-1906

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This article reviews the need to provide greater human rights protections through Indonesia’s Human Rights Court mechanism. Despite the Court gaining momentum with the emergence of greater democratic freedoms, there is still quite a long way to go before the Court can function in a transparent and accountable way. The opportunity to do this was missed when political interests were put ahead of human rights protections when the legislation creating the Court paid no attention to the investigating and procedural complexities of categories of the crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the Court. Moreover, the lack of protection for victims and witnesses has had an adverse impact on prosecutions. This article recommends that some legislative reform is desirable but legislative reform alone will not bring about the equally important cultural change required to achieve this objective. This transformation can only be achieved by ensuring that all the relevant actors operating within the system are held accountable and required to operate in a professional manner.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 340 Law > 348 Laws, regulations & cases
Divisions: Faculty of Law and Communication
Depositing User: Ms Trihoni Nalesti
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 06:18
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 14:10

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