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Women activists widen their network and rally support to ratify the Sexual Violence Eradication Bill. A number of women ulema made a breakthrough by organizing the first Indonesian Ulema Women’s Congress in 2017 to support the elimination of sexual violence, promotion of gender equality, and prevention of child marriage. Intensifying its online campaign, the women activists seek support from influential mass organizations, some of whom are still at odds with the activists.
THE Sexual Violence Eradication Bill returned to the national legislation limelight on 23 March. This is the fruit of the labor of women’s rights activists who have been tireless in realizing legislation to protect women from sexual violence. But the struggle is far from over. Since it was first proposed by the National Commission on Violence against Women in 2012, the draft regulation has been in limbo. After entering the national legislation program in 2016, the bill remained unpassed. Women’s rights activists have gone through a winding road to convince the House of Representatives and the government so that the draft regulation can be immediately discussed and passed.
Supporters of Sexual Violence Eradication Bill are tirelessly lobbying political party leaders and parliament members. They mapped the legislators who could help accelerate the deliberation and passing of the bill into law. The activists switched their approach from hard-line to political lobbies. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is still standing in their way.
Deliberations regarding the Sexual Violence Eradication Bill encountered problems while at the government level because 102 crucial articles disappeared. Women activists are trying to convince the government to put these articles back in, as in the original draft they formed the core of the bill.
The Corruption Eradication Commission KPK is looking into a resort owned by the former director of the Directorate General for Tax Audit and Collection, Angin Prayitno Aji. There is suspicion the money came from tax bribery. Many of the assets are under other people’s names.
After failing to pass the Phase 1 clinical trial, researchers continue to work on the Nusantara vaccine pioneered by Terawan Agus Putranto, but under a new arrangement. The Indonesian Military is said to be divided in its stance on the polemic over the vaccine. In the United States, this research is also said to be problematic. Tempo investigation found that some of the claims made by Aivita, the company that developed the dendritic cell method, did not match reality.
Mukti Fajar Nur Dewata was elected as Judicial Commission Chairman amid its declining image and questions about its existence. He must clear the backlog he inherited including the agency’s sour relation with the Supreme Court. Intersecting supervisory jurisdiction of the Commission and the Supreme Court’s supervisory agency has rendered the Judicial Commission unable to perform its duties optimally. The Commission is currently in the process of reviewing the plan to revise the Judicial Commission Law to delineate the boundaries of its jurisdiction.