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Sexual violence, data protection bills priorities for 2022: analyst

Antara News - December 31, 2021

Putu Indah, Raka Adji, Jakarta – The Sexual Violence Bill (RUU TPKS) and the Personal Data Protection Bill (RUU PDP) should be the main priorities for the government in 2022, political analyst from Pelita Harapan University Emrus Sihombing has said.

"The Sexual Violence Bill and Personal Data Protection Bill are urgent priorities," he said when contacted by ANTARA from here on Friday.

The two bills are closely related to human rights, especially the Sexual Violence Bill, he added. Throughout 2021, social media have been filled with sexual violence issues, with perpetrators coming from various backgrounds – from family, school, work, he noted.

This situation has indicated that Indonesia urgently needs legal certainty against sexual violence, he affirmed.

In addition, cases involving data leaks, both from public and private agencies, have been repeatedly reported throughout the year, he pointed out.

When civil servants or public employees in charge of processing data intentionally leak personal data, they must receive the most severe sanctions, Sihombing emphasized.

"The Sexual Violence Bill requires strict articles, while the Personal Data Protection Bill requires strict sanctions," the political observer said.

The government has the responsibility to ensure the protection of everyone's human rights, he stated. Meanwhile, legislators can realize this responsibility through regulations that they agree to pass, he added.

"If it is possible, I hope these two bills will be decided in early 2022 and become legislators' main products. I think the scale should be super-priority," he noted.

Source: https://en.antaranews.com/news/207225/sexual-violence-data-protection-bills-priorities-for-2022-analys