Indonesia: Promoting the implementation of the Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol

Monday, November 5, 2007

Manfred Nowak (left) and Philippe Tremblay

On 12 November 2007, the APT and its national partner, the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), organised a round-table event in Jakarta on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and the ratification of the OPCAT, on the occasion of the visit to Indonesia of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Mr Manfred Nowak.  This event took place a mere 6 months before Indonesia’s second report to the UN Committee against Torture is reviewed, in May 2008.

 

Purpose: To prevent torture and ill-treatment in Indonesia through the development and implementation of national preventive measures and mechanisms.
Dates: July - December 2007
Activities:
  • Organisation of a two-day workshop on the shadow reporting to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) for 10 participants from the Indonesian NGO Coalition against Torture (held on 9-10 November 2007).
  • Organisation of a roundtable discussion on the implementation of the Convention against Torture and the ratification of the OPCAT, on the occasion of the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (12 November).
  • Organisation of additional meetings with key government officials and other relevant actors based in Indonesia (eg. NHRC, UNDP) to discuss issues related to the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture
Outcome: 
  • The Indonesian NGO Coalition against Torture is better equipped to put together a strong shadow report to the CAT.
  • The discussions that took place on 12 November among key stakeholders helped Indonesian policy-makers identify a number of practical measures meant to increase the level of implementation of the international standards related to the protection of the rights of people deprived of their liberty.
  • The new team of commissioners of the NHRC (Komnas HAM), who were appointed in August 2007, have a better understanding of their role in the field of detention monitoring, and the APT was able to identify areas for further co-operation in 2008.
Additional Information: 

The work with NGOs on the reporting to the CAT in November 2007 built upon the initial meeting which took place in Jakarta in July 2007. On that occasion, participants from the Indonesian NGO Coalition against Torture appointed thematic coordinators responsible for collecting and analyzing data that should feature in the report.

See also: Indonesia: Promoting the implementation of the Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol, January to June 2007.

Next Steps: 
  • The production of the shadow report should be finalized by February 2008.
  • Indonesia’s review by the CAT is scheduled for 2008.
Documents: Agenda, Summary of Roundtable Discussions
Partners: 

The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM)

World Organisation against Torture (OMCT

Donors / Contributors: 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland 

Contact Person: Philippe Tremblay, APT Asia-Pacific Programme Officer
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