Our work in Indonesia focuses on supporting the implementation of laws on juvenile justice and on the systematised monitoring of compliance with international human rights standards in correctional facilities across the country.

We began working in Indonesia in 1999. In 2001, we intensified cooperation with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and opened an office in Jakarta in 2005.

Our cooperation with Indonesia has since included support to a national action plan on human rights with the Directorate General of Human Rights and cooperation with the Directorate General of Corrections to support the implementation of human rights in prisons.

In 2014, we established a partnership with UNICEF in Indonesia concerning a project aimed at assisting the Government of Indonesia in implementing Law no.11/2012 on juvenile justice in accordance with internationally recognised standards and practices.

Checking the registration of prisoners in Mataram Klas IIA Prison, West Nusa Tenggara.
Checking the registration of prisoners in Mataram Klas IIA Prison, West Nusa Tenggara.

Our collaboration with UNICEF currently addresses remaining challenges in implementing national juvenile justice laws in line with international human rights standards. The task is pursued in collaboration with relevant national and local authorities across the country. It includes the documenting and sharing of good practices of community-based prevention measures for children in conflict with the law and of restorative justice, with the goal of facilitating replication and informing policy.

A cost analysis is also underway that will serve as point of departure for authorities in budgeting for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Law. Furthermore, standard operating procedures for handling children in conflict with the law will be revised and validated with parole and probation officers and at selected juvenile temporary detention and correctional facilities. Finally, training will be conducted on audit of prisons on treatment of children, based on international standards, and targeting 45 officials in prisons in two provinces.

RWI also continues collaboration with the Directorate General of Corrections (DGC) at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights focused on the fulfilment of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and other relevant international standards.

Results Achieved

Togethere with the DGC, we have establishmed a national model for internal auditing in correctional facilities in compliance with UN standards of the treatment of prisoners. RWI and DGC have collaborated since 2007 on this system, which included training of more than 1,000 staff at management and operational level, mainly from the central DGC office and seven prisons, including two juvenile institutions.

RWI’s cooperation with UNICEF has since 2014 successfully influenced the short-term strategic direction of the Government on justice for children. This has resulted in quality inputs and advocacy for Government regulations, the development of an e-learning platform for integrated training, and the development and dissemination of monitoring and auditing tools specifically targeted to juveniles.

The current bilateral work in Indonesia is funded through UNICEF, following long-standing support from Swedish Development Cooperation, and contributions from the Norwegian Embassy.

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