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Torture: Rates Rising, Actors Expanding
Report on Practices of Torture in Indonesia 2013-2014

As a part of the effort to prevent torture and other cruel acts, as well as to encourage State’s improvements and accountability against torture, The Commission for The Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) had, for the past four years, conducted monitoring, documentation and advocacy of cases of torture and other cruel acts in Indonesia.

Every year, following the momentum of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on the 26th of June, KontraS issued an annual report on the state or portrait of the practice torture and other cruel acts still occurring in Indonesia during the period of June 2013 to June 2014. Additionally, this report also coincided with the 30th (thirtieth) year anniversary of the World Anti-Torture Day.

Reports published by KontraS related to torture and other cruel and inhumane acts included:

  1. Year of 2010-2011: “Torture: Heinous Acts That Are Not Taken Seriously
  2. Year of 2011-2012:  “Torture Increases Drastically!
  3. Year of 2012-2013: “Victims Are Still Tortured
  4. Year of 2012-2013: “KontraS’ Report on The Use of Firearms in Violence
  5. Year of 2013: “TNI At The Turning Point
  6. Year of 2011: YouTube version of Papua: “KontraS' Study of Human Rights on Defining Torture in Papua (Case Study of Torture in Youtube)”.

These reports were KontraS’ contributions as a civil society organization promoting human rights. As affirmed in Law No. 39 of 1999 on Human Rights, articles 100 to 103, every individual, political and civil society organization, and even NGOs had the right to participate in the enforcement and promotion of human rights, submit reports on human rights abuses, as well as proposals on policy formulation.

To date, KontraS noted that torture and other cruel acts were still recurrent, and even had the tendency to increase every year. This was caused by many factors, among which were 1) torture was still the method of choice for security apparatus in many levels of legal proceedings; 2) penalties for perpetrators of torture and other cruel acts were still low in frequency and tended to be administrative in nature; 3) there was no reparations for the victims or victims’ families, and 4) there were no regulation or rule on the national level that determines punishments related to torture and other cruel acts.

Report on Practices of Torture in Indonesia 2013-2014[Download]