Joint Stakeholder’s Report Relating to the Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association and Assembly in Indonesia

This report was prepared by a number of civil society organisations in Indonesia, namely, CIVICUS, Legal Aid Center for the Press (LBH Pers), the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR), Peoples Participation Initiative, and Partnerships Strengthening Foundation (YAPPIKA) and the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI Indonesia).

The drafting process of this report has been coordinated since August 2016 with several Indonesian civil society networks that is concerned with the advancement of the right to freedom of expression, and freedom of association and assembly in Indonesia. Furthermore, this report has been consulted nationally on 14 September 2016 in Jakarta with other relevant stakeholders.


This report is collated based on the recommendations of the UPR session for Indonesia in 2012. Various recommendations were submitted on related topics developed in this report, including to:

108.30Pursue the revision of the Penal Code to provide a more comprehensive and thorough legal basis for the implementation of Indonesia’s obligations;

108.31Adopt promptly the reforms of the Criminal Code;

108.55Facilitate the visits of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression;

108.103           Review laws and decrees currently in force restricting the freedoms of opinion, and of expression, in order to prevent any risk of discrimination;

108.104           Revise any national legislation that may be in conflict with international obligations;

108.105           Take legislative action and effectively prosecute the incitement of hatred;

108.113           Intensify its efforts to respect and uphold freedom of expression, including political expression;

108.114           Ensure free access for civil society and national journalists to Papua and West Papua;

108.116           Ensure that provisions of the Indonesian Criminal Code, such as articles 106 and 110 are not misused to restrict the freedom of speech;

108.119           Conduct impartial and independent investigations into acts of violence committed against human rights defenders, to bring those responsible to justice and fully guarantee freedom of expression.

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