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(Sep 19, 2012) On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national institution with the mission of protecting women's rights; it was established by Presidential Decree on October 15, 1998. (Profile, Komnas Perempuan website (last visited Sept. 18, 2012).)
According to Commission member Andy Yentriyani, "[r]emoving discriminatory policies against women is a slow process. Let's say we're currently trying to repeal one bylaw. While we're doing that, several other new anti-women bylaws spring up. So it's really an uphill battle." (An Uphill Battle to End Discrimination, THE
As of August of this year, the Commission noted 282 bylaws in various jurisdictions across
In addition, the Commission has particularly focused its attention on the special administrative region of Aceh, in which sharia law is practiced; it is located at the western end of
Although the leaders of the area cite regional autonomy in defense of theses methods, the Commission argues that "[s]haria law is no reason to ignore the 1945 Constitution. Aceh cannot use these reasons to override these basic pillars of
In one recent case, such public shaming was so severe that the object, a teenage girl, killed herself. After attending a concert on September 3, 2012, she was arrested by the sharia police and accused of prostitution. Information, including her full name, appeared in local media. Three days later she was found dead, apparently having committed suicide. (Aceh Teen's Suicide Linked to Sharia Practice, THE JAKARTA POST (Sept. 14, 2012).) The Commission has pointed to incidents like this one to argue that laws that discriminate based on gender must be repealed. (An Uphill
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Last updated: 09/19/2012