Open Letter In Support Of The Fast Tracking Of The Discussion And Passage Of The Bill On The Elimination Of Sexual Violence


To, His Excellency Mr. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia Cc: Mrs. Dr. (HC) Puan Maharani, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia

Dear Mr. President, We, civil society organizations and individuals advocating for the Bill on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU P-KS), hereby express our utmost appreciation to the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR RI) for re-tabling the Bill into the Priority List of the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) in 2020. That said, we believe that such good will should be accompanied by the seriousness to follow it through. To date, as DPR RI approaches its fourth parliamentary session scheduled for mid-July 2020, there is still no sign of RUU P-KS being deliberated. An evaluation meeting on the Priority Bills for the 2020 Prolegnas between DPR RI’s Legislative Council and Commission top officials on 30 June 2020 instead agreed to remove the Bill from the 2020 Prolegnas priority list. RUU P-KS will be resubmitted into next year’s list of legislative priorities to be discussed and its fate determined in October 2020, or prior to the passage of the Bill on the National Budget.

In regard to the above, allow us to present the key reasons why RUU P-KS is of utmost importance:

  1. Sexual violence is a vile and heinous behavior that goes against religious values and beliefs that the people of Indonesia uphold dearly.
  2. RUU P-KS emerged in response to a spike in cases of sexual violence against women. Data released by Komnas Perempuan showed that in the past 12 years the rate of sexual violence against women has surged by a staggering 792 percent or 8 times higher. Based on the Online Information System on the Protection of Women and Children (SIMFONI PPA) under the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, since early January 2020 until 19 June 2020,there were 329 cases of sexual violence against adult women, and 1,849 cases of sexual violence against children. This rising trend is followed by different types of modus operandi and increased intensity of offenses that are not accommodated in the Criminal Code (KUHP),and Bill on Criminal Code.
  3. Juridically, Indonesia has yet to have a legal framework that protects victims of sexual violence. The existing Law No. 23/2004 on the Elimination of Domestic Violence does not address sexual violence beyond the domestic domain. The Criminal Code on the other hand focuses only on the criminal punishment of offenders. It does not provide clauses on the rehabilitation and protection of victims.
  4. RUU P-KS is a comprehensive legislative reform stipulating protection for victims that includesthe following six key elements as its main feature: a. Contains criminal procedures that remove barriers for victims to seek justice. b. As a special law (Lex Specialis), RUU P-KS governs on the rehabilitation of victims before, during, and after trial. Rehabilitationis vitalforenabling victims to resume their lives, particularly given the physical and psychological trauma caused by sexual violence, not to mention the reproductive health issues, which can lead to unwanted pregnancy. Furthermore, sexual violence brings dire economic and social consequences to victims and their families. c. Contains clauses on main and additional punishment, including rehabilitation specifically for the perpetrators of sexual violence aged below 14 with a view to address the root cause of the problem in order to prevent recurrence. d. Contains the subject matter of monitoring where the state has the responsibility to protect, promote, uphold, and restore human rights, especially for victims. e. Defines the nine types of sexual violence generally experienced by victims, which are not previously governed in other laws.
  5. In terms of substance, RUU P-KS sets the tone for the achievement of goals laid down in the RPJMN (National Medium-Term Development Plan), Nawacita national priority agendas, and SDGs, as well as for the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in an effort to promote gender equality through the six key elements put forward in RUU P-KS.

In light of the above, we hereby respectfully implore Mr. President and honorable members of the House of Representatives to without further ado:

1. Include the RUU P-KS in the agenda of the fifth parliamentary session slated for July - October 2020

2. Schedule asession for the discussion of RUU P-KS

3. Fast track the discussion and passage of RUU P-KS

4. Involve civil society organizations in every debate as part of public engagement.

We also urge the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection to initiate dialogues with DRP RI on fast tracking RUU P-KS for its immediate passage this year. Stalling the discussion and passage of RUU P-KS would only add to the already long list of victims of sexual violence, where justice has yet to be served.
Any further delays also reflect a half-hearted House of Representatives and Government in protecting the people of Indonesia from sexual violence



Jakarta, 3 July 2020

This open letter was initiated and organized by INFID

Supporters of the Open Letter:

  1. Sugeng Bahagijo, Executive Director, INFID
  2. Dian Kartikasari, Board Chair, INFID
  3. Zumrotin K Susilo, Advisor, INFID
  4. Abdul Waidl, P3M
  5. Abi Rekso Panggalih, Secretary General, Pergerakan Indonesia
  6. Adinia Wirasti, Actor
  7. Agus Wahyudi, PhD., Head of Center for Pancasila Studies, UGM
  8. Ah. Maftuchan, Executive Director,Perkumpulan PRAKARSA
  9. Alissa Wahid, Coordinator, Jaringan Gusdurian
  10. Anggia Erma Rini, M.K.M., Chairperson, Fatayat NU Central Board
  11. Anindita Sitepu, Co-founder, Ngobrolin Indonesia
  12. Ariane Utomo, Lecturer, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
  13. Arie Kriting, Comedian
  14. Ati Nurbaiti, Journalist
  15. Atnike Nova Sigiro, Executive Director,Jurnal Perempuan
  16. Badriyah Fayumi, Chair, Alimat
  17. Baihajar Tualeka,Chair, LAPPAN Maluku
  18. Beka Ulung Hapsara, Commissioner of Komnas HAM, Coordinator of Sub-Commission for Promotion of Human Rights
  19. Benny D Setianto, Central Java Corruption Watch
  20. Binny Bintarti Buchori, Professional
  21. Danang Joedodarmo, Musician
  22. Defirentia One Muharomah, Director, Rifka Annisa Yogyakarta
  23. Dian Indraswari, Executive Director,Pulih Foundation
  24. Dian Sastrowardoyo, Actress and Film Producer
  25. Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih, PhD candidate, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
  26. Dita Permatas, Musician
  27. Djonet Santoso, Director of SDGs Center, Bengkulu University
  28. Dolorosa Sinaga, Artist, Lecturer at IKJ,and Human Rights Activist
  29. Dr Ahmad Zainul Hamdi, Department Head of Religious Studies, Faculty ofUshuluddinand Philosophy, UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya
  30. DR Ani W Soetjipto MA., Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia, Gender Studies Program SKSG UI
  31. DR Elcid Li, Executive Director,IRGSC NTT
  32. Dr. Arie Sujito, Lecturer ofSociology, UGM
  33. Dr. Bagus Takwin, M.Hum, Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia (UI)
  34. Dr. Bambang Hudayana, Director, IRE Yogyakarta
  35. Dr. Iklilah Muzayyanah Dini Fajriyah, M.Si,Center for Gender Research, SKSG UI
  36. DR. Jonatan Lassa, Co-founder, IRGSC NTT
  37. Dr. Kartini Sjahrir, Anthropologist
  38. Dr. Kunthi Tridewiyanti, SH. MA, Academic, Faculty of Law, Pancasila University
  39. Dr. Lidwina Inge Nurtjahyo, S.H., M.Si, Academic, Faculty of Law, UI
  40. Dr. Nur Iman Subono, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, UI
  41. Dra. Mamik Sri Supatmi, M.Si, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, UI
  42. Ernest Prakarsa, Comedian and Film Director
  43. Evie Permata Sari, Women’s Participation Institute (LP2)
  44. Farha Ciciek, Founder, Komunitas Tanoker Ledokombo
  45. Faye Hasian Simanjuntak, Co-Founder, Rumah Faye
  46. Gusti Arirang, Musician
  47. H. Marzuki Wahid, Secretary, Lakpesdam NU
  48. H.A. Kholiq Arif, Wonosobo District Head 2005-2015
  49. Hannah Al Rashid, Actor
  50. Haryani Saptaningtyas, S.P. M.Sc. PhD candidate, Director, Percik Salatiga
  51. Henny Supolo Sitepu, Cahaya Guru Foundation
  52. Herawati Supolo Sudoyo, Chair of Medical Sciences Commission, AIPI
  53. Ichal Supriadi, Secretary General, ADN
  54. Ifa Hanifah Misbach, Jabar Masagi
  55. Imelda Zuhaida, Director, Mitra Wacana Yogyakarta
  56. Ina Irawati, Consultant, WCC Dian Mutiara Malang
  57. Intan Fatma Dewi, Activist
  58. Iranda Yudhatama, Executive Director,Swara Nusa Institute Yogyakarta
  59. Irine H Gayatri, PhD candidate/Gender, Peace and Security Centre/Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia.
  60. Joko Anwar, Film-maker
  61. Joko Hadi Purnomo, Director, IDFoS Indonesia
  62. Kalis Mardiasih, Writer and Gender Equality Activist
  63. Kartika Budhi Wijayanti, Activist
  64. Khairani Arifin, Presidium Chair, Balai Syura Ureung Inong Aceh (BSUIA)
  65. Khotimun Sutanti - IndonesiaLBH APIK Association
  66. Laode M. Syarif, Director, Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia
  67. Lelyana Santosa, Lawyer
  68. Lies Marcoes, Director, Rumah Kita Bersama Foundation
  69. Listyowati, Director, Kalyanamitra
  70. Lita Anggraini, Coordinator, National Jala PRT
  71. Magdalena Sitorus, Commissioner, Komnas Perempuan,Retired, 2015-2019,and Founder of SAPA Indonesia
  72. Mandy Marahimin, FilmProducer
  73. Maria Anik Tunjung, Executive Director,Indonesia for Humanity
  74. Maria Hartiningsih, Writer
  75. Maulani A Rotinsulu,Indonesia Association of Women with Disabilities
  76. Mayling Gardiner, GPSP
  77. Meira Anastasia, Writer
  78. Melanie Subono, Musician
  79. Mia Siscawati PhD, Head of Gender Studies Postgraduate Program, UI
  80. Mian Tiara, Artist and Musician
  81. Mike Verawati, Secretary General,Indonesia Women’s Coalition (KPI)
  82. Mira Lesmana, FilmProducer
  83. Misiyah, Executive Director,Institut Kapal Perempuan
  84. Mulyadi Prajitno, Director,Community Empowerment Studies Foundation
  85. Najwa Shihab, Founder, Narasi
  86. Nanda Dwinta Sari, Director, Women’s Health Foundation
  87. Nani Zulminarni, Director, PEKKA Foundation
  88. Neni Nur Hayati, Executive Director,Democracy and Electoral Empowerment Partnership
  89. Nila Wardani, Executive Director,RUMPUN Malang
  90. Nurma Fitrianingrum, Activist
  91. Olin Monteiro, Arts for Women,and Lintas Feminis Jakarta
  92. Pdt. Gomar Gultom, Chair,PGI
  93. Pera Sopariyanti, Director, Swara Rahima
  94. Prima Rusdi, Scenario Writer
  95. Primatia Romana Wulandari, Program Lead, Knowledge Sector Initiative
  96. Prof Dr. Toety Heraty Noerhadi Rooseno, Founder of JP, andProfessor of Philosophy, UI
  97. Prof. Dr. Dra. Sulistyowati Irianto, MA, Professor of Legal Anthropology, UI
  98. Prof. Musdah Mulia, Chair of Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP)
  99. R. Valentina Sagala, Senior Independent Advisor on Legal, Policy, Human Rights; Founder, Institut Perempuan
  100. Rahmi Meri Yenti, Director, Nurani Perempuan WCC Padang
  101. Ramadhaniati, Executive Director,LP2M Padang
  102. Ratna Batara Munti, LBH APIK Association, andCoordinator of JKP3
  103. Ruby Kholifah, Director, AMAN (The Asian Muslim Action Network) Indonesia
  104. Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, Stand Up Comedian
  105. Saparinah Sadli, Sahabat Lansia Tangguh
  106. Sarah Lery Mboeik, Coordinator, PIAR-NTT
  107. Sely Fitriani, Director,Women’s Advocacy Institute Damar Lampung
  108. Shita Laksmi, Executive Director, Tifa Foundation
  109. Sicilia Leiwakabessy, Cahaya Guru Foundation
  110. Siti Mazuma, Director, LBH APIK Jakarta
  111. Sjamsiah Achmad, Member, CEDAW Committee in2001 - 2004
  112. Sopia Lestari, PhD candidate, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne
  113. Sri Nurherwati, Commissioner,Komnas Perempuan, Retired, 2014 - 2019
  114. Sri Wahyuningsih, Secretary General, Malang Women’s Coalition for Leadership (KPuK)
  115. Sri Wiyanti Eddyono, S.H., LL.M. (HR). PhD, Academic,Faculty of Law, UGM
  116. Suryani Na, Chair, Indonesia Confucian Women
  117. Syafi'i Alielha, Director, NU Online, Founder
  118. Tini Rahayu, Executive Director, Cahaya Perempuan WCC Bengkulu
  119. Titik Eka Sasanti, Director, Gita Pertiwi Program
  120. Victoria Fanggidae, PhD candidate, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne
  121. Wahidah Suaib,Coordinator on Advocacy, Law & Politics, PP Fatayat NU
  122. Wahyu Susilo, Director, Migrant Care
  123. Wicaksono Sarosa, Kemitraan-Habitat
  124. Yanu Endar Prasetyo, Founder IndoBIG Network,and PhD Candidate in Rural Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia-MO, USA
  125. Yenny Wahid, Director, Wahid Foundation
  126. Zico Mulia, TIFA Foundation