KuPP urges government ratify OPCAT against human torture

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KuPP urges government ratify OPCAT against human torture

The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Deputy Chairman Amiruddin Al Rahab. (ANTARA/ Anita Permata Dewi/kzu)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Cooperation for the Prevention of Torture (KuPP) urged the government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), conveyed by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Deputy Chairman Amiruddin Al Rahab.

KuPP comprises five state institutions: Komnas HAM, the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan), the Indonesian Ombudsman, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK), and the National Commission for Disability.

Al Rahab remarked that despite torture being unlawful and violating human rights, torture of human beings continued unabated. "We (the five institutions) are concerned about this, so as not to allow (torture cases) from occurring again in the next 20 years," he stated.

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According to Al Rahab, the forms of torture revealed from data received by Komnas HAM were beyond one's comprehension. Al Rahab explained that one of the cases of inhumanity was the human cage built by the inactive District Head of Langkat, North Sumatra, behind his house. The human cage had been used for many years, he added.