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Clemency, amnesty: Piecemeal solutions

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /  11:18 am
Clemency, amnesty: Piecemeal solutions Standing up against sexual violence: Carrying black umbrellas, activists march on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, toward Aspiration Park near the Presidential Palace. The activists held a mass rally as part of this year’s global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign, during which they called on the government to immediately pass the sexual violence eradication bill into a law. (The Jakarta Post/Iqbal Yuwansyah)

What do a mother of three from West Nusa Tenggara and a Jakarta-based Canadian male expat have in common? Both worked in school, both were involved in sexual harassment cases, both were victims of absurdly unjust laws and a corrupt legal system and both could escape prolonged punishment by being granted amnesty and clemency by the President. I am referring of course to Baiq Nuril, a former school administrative employee in Lombok, and Neil Bantleman, a former teacher from the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS). On Aug. 2, Nuril was granted amnesty by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo after gaining approval from the House of Representatives. Bantleman was granted clemency on June 19 and since July is safely back in Canada with beloved wife Tracy who fought tirelessly for his release and stood faithfully by him throughout the ordeal. I am more than delighted that these...

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