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Indonesia: Plan to Revise Law on Child Protection

(May 22, 2014) On May 14, 2014, Indonesia’s Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister, Linda Amaliarai Gumelar, announced that the government will accelerate plans to revise the law on protection of children. The current law on child protection was adopted in 2002. (Govt to Revise Law on Child Protection, THE JAKARTA POST (May 14, 2014); Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 23 Tahun 2002 Tentang Perlindungan Anak [Republic of Indonesia Law Number 23 of 2002 Concerning Child Protection], Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Republik Indonesia [parliament of Indonesia] website; Republic of Indonesia Law Number23 Year 2002 on Child Protection, International Resource Center website.)

The purpose of the revision is to increase the punishment for those convicted of child abuse and bring the legal regime for children’s rights into accord with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. (Govt to Revise Law on Child Protection, supra; Convention on the Rights of the Child (Nov. 30, 1989), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website.) Indonesia signed and ratified the Convention in 1990. (Convention on the Rights of the Child, Status as at: 14-05-2014, UNITED NATIONS TREATY COLLECTION.)

Gumelar’s statement was made in connection with a meeting on protection of children, held in Jakarta and chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Agung Laksono, the Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, noted that 40 activities are planned that will comprise a national movement against child abuse. They will be carried out under a plan to be developed by 17 government agencies and national and regional authorities, as well as nongovernmental organizations. Revising the law is one of those 40 actions. (Govt to Revise Law on Child Protection, supra.)