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Indonesia - Universal Periodic Review

Session reviewed: 41st session of the Universal Periodic Review
Date reviewed: November 9, 2022


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We appreciate Indonesia’s continued international leadership in promoting pluralism and democracy. Canada welcomes progress made by Indonesia in the areas of women’s empowerment and disability rights.

Canada recommends that Indonesia:

  1. Ensure protections for labour, including those working in the informal sector, under Indonesia’s proposed Omnibus Law on Job Creation.
  2. Take measures to protect the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly through legal provisions at the national and subnational level, by amending the upcoming Electronic Information and Transaction Law, the Pornography Law and the Criminal Code Law.
  3. Investigate allegations of human rights violations in Indonesian Papua, and prioritize the protection of civilians, including women and children.
  4. Take additional measures to abolish exceptions to the prohibition of child and early marriage including to address judicial dispensations and conservative religious interpretations of the marriage age, while taking steps to avoid “bride kidnapping” by ensuring consent of women in all marriages.

Canada takes note of Indonesia support for its previous recommendation regarding torture offences and looks forward to this recommendation being incorporated in Indonesia’s Draft Criminal Code.

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