Management of prisons vis a vis human rights obligations and the life of a woman on remand.
In Indonesia, the Constitution (Undang-Undang Dasar 1945) acknowledges at least 15 human rights principles:
Indonesia is also an elected member of United Nations Human Rights Council, but the way it manages its prisons is horrific.
Someone I know (who is a university graduate) is in prison (on the island of Java) since March 12, 2010. She hasn’t been sentenced yet after three court appearances. She is charged with financial fraud. (she worked for a financial institution, her boss got away with using a ponzi scheme and blamed my sister in law who was promptly arrested)
She tells me that she was beaten up by female guards for being "too arrogant" and not "submissive", that food brought in by family members is taken away by the female guards, and that her cell mates (women) only allow her to eat the left overs from their plate.
When I visited her last week we spent too much time in the visiting room, and after I left, my sister in law was again beaten up by the female guards for talking too much to a BULE (westerner).
I paid 1 million rupiah to the guards so that she would be allowed to use a mobile phone. After three days, her mobile phone was taken away.
Turning now to the judge: he blatantly told the lawyer that he wants 35 million rupiah, while the "jaksa" (state prosecutor) wanted 5 million rupiah.
When is Indonesia, the country I live in and that I love, going to do something about the horrible conditions in its prisons?
At this point, the Indonesian government leadership seem to be wearing their best tuxedos while smiling meaningfully to look good on paper and to make strong political statements that Indonesia is a country where human rights are guaranteed and respected. We, the people, must make sure that those are not killers’ smiles and torturers’ faux friendliness.