Komnas HAM Reveals Increasing Violations in Education Sector

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara assessed the government under the reign of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has not succeeded yet in creating a better education atmosphere, as designed in the Nawacita program. “The education in this country is currently in an emergency condition," Ulung noted in a written statement, Tuesday, May 1.

    As of April 2018, Komnas HAM recorded 11 cases related to the human rights abuses in education sector this year. While throughout 2017, the total case was 19 issues. Beka mentioned the violation include the right to education, to access justice, to self-development, to welfare, and the right to life.

    Komnas HAM's Sub-Commission of Education and Counseling coordinator pointed out the data from the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) that one in three girls and one in four boys in Indonesia were abused.

    Moreover, the Plan International and International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) stated 84 percent of children in Indonesia experienced violence in school, based on the research in March 2015. The rate was higher than the trend in the Asian region of 70 percent.

    Komnas HAM, in the period of February 2017-April 2018, has received 31 complaints on human rights violations in the education sector. 51 percent of the cases are related to violations of the right to get self-development in 16 cases. While the rest are on welfare, justice, the right to education and children's rights as well as the right to have security.

    Furthermore, Ulung asserted Komnas HAM has urged the government to form a task force at handling human rights violations in schools and universities, in which including the implementation of the HAM Friendly School Program (SRHAM).