Human Rights in Indonesia: Public Service and Prison Management
As a result of Indonesia's prolonged authoritarian regime, some government officials and civil servants still lack knowledge surrounding human rights. Therefore, FNF Jakarta and Indonesia's Ministry of Law and Human Rights have worked together to implement Human Rights in public policy. This includes the management of prisons, where waiting rooms for visitors are equipped with a nursing room and facilities for children.
Indonesia has a National Human Rights Action Plan. Officials of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights assess human rights-based public service annually. Implementation of Human Rights in public policy used to be an awards-based program. Now it's mandatory and reviewed on an international scale by the United Nations.
In August 2022, FNF and the Ministry conducted a workshop in Yogyakarta with officials from the Directorate General of Human Rights and provincial representatives. In Yogyakarta, the psychology department of Gadjah Mada University works directly with prison inmates. Many inmates attend capacity-building activities, such as voluntary religious classes on Islamic, Protestant, or Catholic teachings. Other capacity-building activities include cooking, craft workshops, gardening, and welding. Inmates who drop out of school early are also offered supplementary classes in junior high or high school. Inmates’ attendance and good performance are beneficial for parole requests and reduction of serving time. FNF and the Ministry have jointly conducted programs in several Indonesian provinces, including West Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and Riau.