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Jakarta Post

Public services still beyond reach for marginalized groups in remote regions: Ombudsman

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 13, 2019   /  03:50 pm
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Junior high school students of YPK Sumuri study in their classroom at the school located in Tanah Merah Baru, Bintuni Bay, West Papua.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Indonesian Ombudsman says marginalized groups and people living in remote regions are often unable to avail themselves of public services, according to a report presented in Jakarta on Thursday. The word “marginalized” mentioned by the Indonesian Ombudsman refers to underdeveloped or extremely underdeveloped villages, the disabled community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities. The report, titled “The Portrait of Public Services in the Regions and Among Marginalized Groups”, says these groups are unable to access public services because of natural obstacles, such as poor roads in forested terrain, low social-economic standing or unfair public policies that fail to address the complex situation and needs of these communities. The research underpinning the report was conducted in remote and economically underdeveloped regions. Ahmad Suadi, a ...