Shadow Report Prepared for the UN Committee against Torture in connection to its review of Indonesia’s Second Periodic Report under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

This report - in consultation with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) - is structured in a way that will help the Committee as well as other general public to understand the actual practice of torture in Indonesia. It also provides some information on the analysis of the implementation of the Convention by the Government of Indonesia. The update on the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations in 2001 is also presented in order to help readers to grasp the extent to which the condition had developed at that point; or whether the practice of torture had intensified or decreased. The chapters provide a critical account of the Government’s obligations based on the provisions provided by the Convention. This cluster includes a chapter that looks at the implementation of Articles 2 & 4 of the Convention. It provides rich information on the criminal legal system, promotes the prevention of torture and suggests adequate redress mechanisms for the victims. A number of cases are included in this chapter, covering a wide range of torture practices. The information contained in the report also includes an analysis of the implementation of the Convention towards women and children. It is indeed noticeable that women and children suffer from particular forms of ill-treatment, including torture, having distinct consequences according to the sex and the age of the victims. This includes a discussion of criminal legislation on violence against women, specialized mechanisms dealing with violence against women, basic safeguards applicable to women, and specific forms of torture and other ill-treatment of women (i.e. domestic violence, FGM, corporal punishment, and trafficking). The last part of the report consists of a list of recommendations for the improvement of the Government’s performance in the future, and the eradication of torture practice in general.

Working Group on the Advocacy Against Torture (WGAT)