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Indonesia: Legislator Calls for Review of Death Penalty

(July 27, 2016) On July 25, 2016, Benny K. Harman, the Deputy Chief of Indonesia’s House of Representatives’ Commission III, which has responsibility for legal affairs, human rights, and security, spoke about the use of the death penalty in the country. He called for a review of its effectiveness and of the fairness of judicial […]

Indonesia: Central Government Advocates Lower Local Real Estate Taxes

(July 21, 2016) Indonesia’s national government has asked municipal governments to reduce the building and land acquisition taxes they impose and to allow special tax treatment for real estate investment trusts (REITs). The purpose of the reductions would be to increase Indonesia’s competitiveness in attracting investment. (Anton Hermansyah, Govt to Give Local REITS Special Tax […]

Indonesia: Tax Amnesty Passed

(July 6, 2016) On June 28, 2016, Indonesia’s House of Representatives adopted a tax amnesty bill. The amnesty was described by Bambang Brodjonegoro, the Minister of Finance, as beneficial to the economy because it would increase asset repatriation, support the currency, help lower interest rates, and increase domestic investment. The government plans to issue three […]

Indonesia: Regulation on Sexual Violence Against Children Issued

(May 27, 2016) On May 25, 2016, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo issued a regulation in lieu of law (called a perppu in Indonesian) on sexual violence against children; the plan to issue the regulation had been announced about two weeks earlier. (Ayomi Amindoni, Govt Issues Perppu on Sexual Violence Against Children, JAKARTA POST (May 25, […]

Indonesia: Harsher Punishment for Sex Crimes Considered

(May 16, 2016) On May 11, 2016, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, announced that a new regulation on sexual violence against children will be issued in the near future. According to Maharani, “[i]t is the commitment of the President, who believes that sexual violence is an extraordinary crime and the […]

Indonesia: Tax Amnesty Proposed

(May 10, 2016) On May 17, 2016, the Indonesian House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat, or DPR) will begin to discuss the administration’s proposed tax amnesty legislation. The proposal has been advocated by President Joko Widodo for the last six months, but has run into political opposition in the past. It is now listed as […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Amendment to Be Considered

(Apr. 19, 2016) Indonesia’s People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR in Indonesian usage) is considering amending the country’s Constitution, which was first adopted on August 18, 1945, at the time of Indonesia’s independence from the Netherlands. The Constitution has already been amended four times: in October 1999, August 2000, November 2001, and August 2002.  (MPR Mulls Fifth […]

Indonesia: Capital Requirement for Starting a Business Reduced

(Apr. 8, 2016) On March 21, 2016, Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo, signed into effect a regulation changing the requirement for starting a business in the country. The previous requirement that any new limited liability company have initial capital of at least RP50 million (about US$3,780), with at least 25% of that already in hand, has […]

Indonesia: Proposal to Punish Abusive Police

(Apr. 4, 2016) Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives, citing a recent case of a terrorist suspect, have proposed that a provision be added to the draft legislation on terrorism that would impose punishment on police officers who abuse their authority when dealing with alleged terrorists. (‘Punishment for Rights Abusers Should Be Stipulated in Terrorism […]

Indonesia: Dispute Over Ride Share Companies to Be Resolved

(Mar. 22, 2016) Companies that provide online ride-sharing applications for public transportation have grown in market share in Indonesia in recent years, and government officials have varied in their responses to the phenomenon. In November 2015, the Transportation Minister, Ignasius Jonan, sent a letter to law enforcement agencies indicating that app-based car and motorcycle services […]