Protecting children: Improved treatment of child offendersMay 25, 2016
Kupang, 25 May 2016 - All children have the right to protection, particularly child victims, offenders and witnesses experiencing the juvenile justice system. In Indonesia’s eastern region of Kupang, the SUSTAIN project, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP Indonesia, aims to better integrate justice systems, and advocate on laws protecting children in conflict with the law.
Kupang’s juvenile justice facilities supported by SUSTAIN are part of the EU’s €10 million assistance to Indonesia’s justice reform. It will allow the court to conduct proper trials on juvenile offenders through the use of teleconference cameras where the victims and offenders are placed in separate rooms. This will protect both victims and offenders from further psychological threat and provide better judicial results.
Key government institutions are working together to implement the project, and have discussed problems in handling juvenile cases, and improving integration of agencies. These institutions include the Supreme Court, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child’s Protection, the Indonesian National Police, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Attorney General’s Office, Juvenile Correction Institutions, National Commission on Child Protection, local government, and civil society organizations.
This progress supports the Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, which is key to long-term sustainable development and the realization of rights for Indonesian people. “The European Union upholds the rights of children in all aspects of life, including in the judicial system. Indonesian Law on Child Criminal Justice System has shown the commitment of this country to protect the rights of children,” said Franck Viault, Head of Cooperation, the European Union Delegation in Indonesia. “We strongly support the efforts of the Indonesian government to provide protection to children in conflict with the law (juvenile offenders) through restorative justice approach and certification of law enforcement officers,”
EU and UNDP efforts also include the advocacy of the Indonesian Law on Child Criminal Justice System. The enactment of Law on SPPA in 2012 has been a major progress in the juvenile judicial system. And will continue to improve Indonesia’s treatment of child offenders and strengthen the Supreme Court system.
About EU-UNDP SUSTAIN:
The project will support the Supreme Court of the Republic Indonesia in building transparency, integrity and accountability of the judiciary. Implemented from 2014 to 2019, the partnership aims to improve:
- mechanisms of the judiciary
- knowledge and skills of judges and court staff and capacity of the Supreme Court Training Centre
- Human Resources and organization management
- Transparency in case management system and procedures of the judiciary to improve quality of data, decisions, and timeliness of case-handling.