JAKARTA, 14.   December 2018 – A joint project by UNDP and the Embassy of Denmark on restorative justice system in Indonesia on Friday presented its key results as the Project was close to closing.  The ‘Improving Restorative Justice through Integration (IRJI) Project aims to strengthen the rule of law and restorative justice in Indonesia, one of the country’s top development priorities.

Among the presented key results were “SOP Coordination for Legal Enforcers” and “Guidance Book” involving the Supreme Court, Attorney General Office (AGO), National Police, Rehabilitation Centre and Ministry of Social Affairs. The SOP defines the roles, tasks and process of each legal enforcers to ensure the Restorative Justice principles is being applied.

 “IRJI is a part of the Embassy’s good governance programme, which is providing support for increased coordination and capacity of legal enforcers and local government in implementing Restorative Justice,” Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen, Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark in Indonesia said.

Restorative justice focuses on reintegration and recovery of situation between offender, victim and community members. This principle sees a crime causes disruption in the three-dimensional relationship between the victim, the community, and the offender. The implementation will not only bring harmony to the conflicting parties but also to the community in general

Restorative Justice already is captured in the Government’s Medium Long-Term Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019; the National Law and Human Rights Development Plan 2015-2019; and in the second National Strategy on Access to Justice (SNAK) 2016-2019. Despite the establishment of restorative justice principles, lack of coordination between legal enforcers and local government who is responsible in providing proper facilities and infrastructure for an improved restorative justice system still persist.

The SOP developed by the IRJI  also provides  a database-sharing platform that ensures the reliability and security of data used by the legal enforcers and will help legal enforcers to monitor cases as well as legal enforcer’s performance in handling cases. IRJI has also piloted an integrated Restorative Justice implementation in Palembang and Surabaya, consists of updating the training Modules, providing an integrated training for 119 legal enforcers and government officials, and facilitating the establishment of legal enforcers and local government network and partnership in Palembang. 

“Improving restorative justice in Indonesia is part of the country's commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal No. 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. We are pleased to see the results coming out of the IRJI project  contributing to strengthening governance of juvenile justice and  restorative justice system,”, said Sophie Kemkadze, Deputy Country Director UNDP Indonesia

For more information please contact:
·       Tomi Soetjipto (Communication Specialist UNDP) suryo.tomi@undp.org
·      Herni Sri Nurbayanti (Project Manager – IRJI) herni.nurbayanti@undp.org

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