ICLaD Issue No 2/2015

This edition of ICLaD will discuss the freedom of information in law enforcement sector and important amendment in Witness and Victim Protection Law. These two aspects are considered crucial to be explored to identify the readiness of law enforcer agencies in implementing freedom of information and the future continuity of witness and victim protection program in Indonesia

It is an inevitable fact that since the Freedom of Information Law is passed five years ago, it has changed the face of law enforcement in Indonesia. The problem is now that some of the core provisions in the Freedom of Information Law are yet to be efectively implemented by law enforcement agencies, such as the availability of public information that must be provided regularly in timely, simple, and cost-efcient manner. Further, the massif public information that is announced to public with poor quality and low value becomes another issues on the implementation of Freedom of Information Law. The existence of Law No. 13 of 2006 on Witness and Victim Protection is also one of the big steps towards opening the access to justice to victim of criminal ofence. During the time it being implemented, Law No. 13 of 2006 has been amended through Law No. 31 of 2014.

However, although the regulations on witness and victim protection has, indeed, strengthened the service to witness, there are at least four main issues remain that needs to be addressed. Indonesia, in ICJR’s view, is urgently required holistic changes to reform the criminal justice system, especially on the protection to victim of criminal ofence.

Through this edition, we are hoping that the readers would have comprehensive understanding on the current ongoing reformation of criminal justice system in Indonesia.

Happy reading

Ifdhal Kasim

Editor in Chief 

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