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Indonesia: Law on Public Information in Force

(Apr. 30, 2010) On April 30, 2010, Indonesia's Law on Freedom of Information will come into effect; it was adopted in 2008. Under its provisions, public institutions, including government ministries, state agencies, and legislative and judicial institutions, are obligated to respond to information requests from members of the public. (Erwida Maulia, Public Information Law to […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Court Upholds Blasphemy Law

(Apr. 22, 2010) On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request that the law be revised or annulled by the Court had “no legal base,” although they […]

Indonesia: Legal Aid Group Reports Torture of Detainees

(Apr. 13, 2010) According to a survey released on April 9, 2010, between 70 and 80% of those detained by the police in Indonesia were the victims of torture while in custody. The survey was done by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YBHI), whose chairman, Patra M. Zen, said that the detainees “suffered from violence […]

Indonesia: Cyber Crime Bill

(Jan. 13, 2010) It was reported on December 25, 2010, that a new bill on cyber crimes, the “Tipiti bill,” has high priority on the Indonesian House of Representative's 2010 National Legislation Program. In the view of the country's Alliance of Independence Journalists (AJI), the bill is “even 'more repressive and stretchable' than the controversial […]

Indonesia: Proposed Secrecy Law Controversial

(Sept. 16, 2009) Indonesia's government and House of Representatives have agreed on a state secrecy bill that includes the death penalty for those convicted of revealing state secrets. The punishments in the working draft range from a minimum of four years of imprisonment and a fine for possession of secret information to a maximum of […]

Indonesia: Environmental Bill Would Strengthen Ministry’s Powers

(Sept. 3, 2009) A meeting was held in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, on August 26, 2009, to draft a bill to revise the Environmental Law of 1999. The participants included both legislators from the House of Representatives' commission on the environment and officials from the Home Ministry and from the Office of the State Minister of […]

Indonesia: Judges Named as Soft on Corruption

(Aug. 28, 2009) The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), a non-governmental organization established in 1998, has issued a report criticizing 221 judges from 57 district courts, three high courts, and the Supreme Court. The organization says these judges have freed persons accused of corruption, clearing them of all charges. (Indonesia Corruption Watch, KARMAYOG, http://www.karmayog.org/anticorruption/anticorruption_1570.htm & ICW […]

Indonesia: Court Upholds Vote Count

(Aug. 14, 2009) On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had ruled on June 18, 2009, that the second phase of vote counting by the General Election […]

Indonesia: Legislature Downplays Corruption Court

(July 8, 2009) It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. (Irawaty Wardany, House Throws Spanner at Corruption Court Bill, JAKARTA POST, July 3, 2009, available at […]

Indonesia: City Government to Shame Polluters

(July 1, 2009) According to Ridwan Panjaitan, the head of law enforcement for the City Environmental Management Agency of Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, the municipality will make public the names of companies that violate environmental regulations. Speaking on June 25, 2009, Panjaitan said that the publicity would begin next year and take place on an […]