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In this edition, Muhammad Afif Abdul Qoyim, an LBH Masyarakat’s caseworker, writes an article analyzing the possibility of the detainees, who are detained in police stations or other law enforcement agencies’ detention center, losing their right to vote. This is because the Election Committee does not seem very well prepared in securing their right to vote. He emphasizes, in the “Human Rights, Law, and Politics” column, the Election Committee must not only focus on the statutory election violations, – either those came from the political parties or the political candidates, but they also must be concerned with the detainees’ right to vote and to ensure that right is guaranteed, this is because right to vote is one of citizen’s rights protected by the Indonesia’s Constitution.
In the “Human Rights, HIV, and Drugs Policy” column, Aditiya Putra – an LBH Masyarakat’s Human Rights and Law program officer, writes an article about the new Indonesian social security and health care regulation. He criticizes this regulation on the ground that it is very discriminative against drug users. He argues that social security should be given equally to all citizens – a principle of universal coverage. However, contrary to this principle, the government, by enacting this regulation of social health security, the drug users will potentially be excluded from accessing that social security system. This is a discriminatory policy and it violates drug users’ right to health, as Aditiya argues.
Also, in this column, Ratna Dyah Kusumadewi, a legal intern at LBH Masyarakat, analyzes the inconsistencies of drug rehabilitation verdicts in Indonesia. She critically analyzes three different courts decisions. She pinpoints cases and rules, which could be precedents for judges to enforce rehabilitation based judgment for drug offenders, who are in need for drug treatments. She also recommends that judges should not merely interpret laws in black letter laws but also looking at the individual circumstances of each case for the interest of justice.
The last but not the least, Albert Wirya – an LBH Masyarakat’s volunteer and currently completing criminology studies at the University of Indonesia, will share his experience on working on a criminal casework, which the LBH Masyarakat is the clients’ legal representative. The case is
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about a group of fishermen who are suspected trying to smuggle foreigners into Australia. In
“From Our Archive” column, Albert analyzes the case from the point of views of criminology. In
his essay, Albert focuses on the law enforcement performance when working on an organized
crime, which he argues that they might wrongfully prosecute minors but ironically fail to catch
the ‘big fish’.