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Indonesia: CEDAW Committee recommends changes in law and policy to address discrimination and violence against women

Amnesty International Public Statement - August 3, 2012

Index: ASA 21/029/2012

Amnesty International urges the Indonesian government to take immediate steps to implement recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) earlier this week. Failure to do so will leave women and girls in the country at continued risk of gender-based discrimination and violence, in violation of Indonesia's obligations under international human rights law.

On 27 July 2012 the CEDAW Committee, an expert group tasked with reviewing the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, published its Concluding Observations after reviewing Indonesia's progress in protecting and promoting women's rights. In the Concluding Observations, the Committee expressed concern about a range of areas where Indonesia is failing to meet its obligations under the Convention.

The following are some of the recommendations made by the CEDAW Committee:

Many of these recommendations echo calls by civil society and human rights organizations. Amnesty International believes that if effectively implemented, they would improve the situation of women and girls in the country.

Amnesty International submitted a shadow report entitled Briefing to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Index: ASA 21/022/2012) to the CEDAW Committee in June 2012. In the report Amnesty International highlighted a number of concerns relating to gender-based discrimination and violence against women in Indonesia.

The CEDAW Committee's Concluding Observations can be accessed via the following link: www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/co/CEDAW-C-IDN-CO-6-7.pdf.

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