Human Rights Commission Will Ask Jokowi to Ratify Anti-Torture Protocol

Diana Mariska
National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) headquarters in Jakarta. (Photo: Tanjung)
National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) headquarters in Jakarta. (Photo: Tanjung) - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is planning to persuade President Joko Widodo to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

Komnas HAM chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik said he plans to meet the Indonesian leader in the near future to discuss the importance of ratifying the supplement to the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture.

“I propose to persuade the President about how important it is to ratify the Optional Protocol,” Damanik said on Wednesday, February 2, as reported by Antara.

By ratifying the treaty that seeks to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, government and other concerning stakeholders will have a tool to improve how correctional facilities, penitentiaries, and other institutions are run.

Therefore, the Commission is looking to speaking with influential individuals in the country to accelerate the ratification of OPCAT, and it includes the number one figure in the country.

“If the key figure is convinced, then it will seem easier [to push for ratification],” the chairman said again.

According to him, persuading leading political figures in Indonesia on the importance of human rights instruments continues to be difficult when, in fact, those are crucial in the way society is progressing and developed. And speaking directly to the President is seen as the most efficient option.

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