PhD candidate at School of Law, Utrecht University
In a recent verdict, the Yogyakarta District Court upheld a long-standing regulation that prohibits Chinese-Indonesians from owning land in the sultanate city.
This verdict defies the spirit of the 1998 reforms, which strongly promote equality for all citizens no matter their ethnicity, religion or socio-economic status.
Regardless of the privilege afforded by Law No. 13/2012 on Yogyakarta’s special status, this unequal treatment of Chinese-Indonesians is inappropriate.
In the spirit of reforming Indonesia, which Yogyakarta is a part of, the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was ratified in 1999 and explicitly prohibits racial and ethnic
Supposedly, the government of Yogyakarta complies with the Convention to guarantee it...
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