Denmark and UNDP support Restorative Justice in Indonesia

INS-IRJI

PALEMBANG,17 April 2018 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through a project funded by the Royal Danish Embassy is supporting the Government of Indonesia in strengthening the rule of law and restorative justice throughout the country. Restorative justice is an approach that emphasizes on restoring offender-victim relationship with community engagement. This is best done when the parties jointly meet to decide how to do this. This can lead to the transformation of relations between communities.

The project “Improving Restorative Justice through Integration” (IRJI) is implemented in cooperation with the Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Police, Directorate General of National Correctional Facility and Ministry of Social Affairs. IRJI focuses on the governance side of restorative justice which currently deals with juvenile cases. It supports enhanced coordination among law enforcement agencies as well as institutional capacity building for effective implementation of restorative justice in Indonesia in line with the National Mid Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019 and the second National Strategy on Access to Justice (SNAK) 2016-2019.

The IRJI project organized today in Palembang a public discussion on ‘Strengthening Coordination Among Law Enforcement Agencies’, which was attended by officials from the central and local Governments as well as the Danish Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen and the UNDP Country Director in Indonesia, Mr. Christophe Bahuet.The event was opened by Junior Attorney General of Criminal Justice, who was represented by Suhardi, Secretary of Junior Attorney General. The discussions focused on the development of standard operating procedures (SOP) that define the roles and functions of each law enforcement agencies. The discussions also addressed the issue of information sharing for case and monitoring during their visit, the Danish Ambassador and the UNDP Country Director visited the Palembang Rehabilitation Centre (LPKA), which has gained strong experience in applying restorative justice and has won a national award for the best Rehabilitation Centre for its cutting-edge approach.

During the public discussion, H.E. Mr. Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen, Ambassador of the Royal Danish Embassy in Indonesia highlighted the importance of targeting youth with restorative justice measures, “Restorative justice measures are important for redressing and preventing grievances and conflicts in society It is particularly important to target the youth, as this group are especially vulnerable and susceptible to influences of radicalization and extremism”. Mr. Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Country Director in Indonesia highlighted the importance of restorative justice in the broader development context of Indonesia “Restorative justice is an integral part of the National Strategy for Access to Justice. It is also part of Indonesia’s commitment to achieve important the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal No. 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. This is why UNDP with support from Denmark is implementing the IRJI project with national partners”

Meanwhile, Noor Rachmad, Junior Attorney General of Criminal Justice in his keynote speech which was presented by Suhardi, Secretary of Junior Attorney General mentioned, “It takes willingness from all the legal enforces to address the coordination issue of law enforcement. For example, by allocating time to meet to discuss the problem and to find joint solution. This coordination will need to be endorsed at regional level where the chance for legal enforcers to meet and to find a joint solution is more feasible, whether the problem is caused by different perception or bureaucracy. By having a regular meeting and discussion, it will ease the legal enforcer in completing their tasks.”

 

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