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Jakarta Post

Public policy and a dark future for women

  • Indraswari

Bandung   /   Wed, February 6 2013   /  09:00 am

The Jakarta Post recently reported that between 2002 and 2009 the Home Ministry annulled 1,878 bylaws (“After ‘straddling’ proposal, ministry to review bylaws”, Jan. 18). The article stated that almost 1,800 of those annulled bylaws dealt with regional taxation and levies; 29 dealt with third-party political donations; and 22 pertained to alcoholic beverages. The report also indicated that 758 bylaws were currently under evaluation by the ministry, comprising 589 on regional taxation and levies; 19 on alcoholic beverages; 71 on third-party political donations; and 79 on other matters.

According to the article, none of the annulled bylaws or those under evaluation included the 282 laws that justify discrimination against women and other minority groups, according to the National Comission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan). Critics say that the ministry does not ...