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Jakarta Post

Govt urged to review sharia-based bylaws

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 10 2009   /  12:38 pm

The National Commission on Violence Against Women urged the government to review a number of sharia-based bylaws deemed discriminative against women as part of its first 100-days program. Commission chairwoman Kamala Chandra Kirana told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday such bylaws violated the Constitution, and that the central government was responsible for amending them so they adhered to the Constitution. "As Indonesians, we are bound by the social contract inscribed in the Constitution, which clearly mentions non-discrimination among its main principles," Kamala said. "Special or regular *regional* autonomy should not lead to legislation that strays from the basic principles. The central government has a role to safeguard the consistency between national and regional law," she added. By prioritizing the harmonization of local regulations with those at the national le...