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8 AUGUST 2013 UPDATE: We are pleased to report that following Equality Now and Kalyanamitra’s joint submission to the Human Rights Committee (HRC), the Committee expressed concern about Indonesia’s passage of a regulation legitimizing FGM in their concluding comments. The HRC has called on the Indonesian government to repeal the regulation and to “enact a law that prohibits any form of FGM and ensure that it provides adequate penalties that reflect the gravity of this offence.” They went on to urge the government to “make efforts to prevent and eradicate harmful traditional practices including FGM, by strengthening its awareness-raising and education programmes.” (CCPR/C/IDN/CO/1, Advance unedited version) We hope that the Indonesian government will adhere to the Committee’s recommendations and take immediate steps to protect Indonesian women and girls from this violation of their human rights.
25 JUNE 2013 UPDATE: Indonesia will be coming up for review in July 2013 at the 108th session of the Human Rights Committee which monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by State parties. Equality Now and our Indonesian partner Kalyanamitra have sent a joint submission to bring the Committee's attention to the ongoing government legitimization of FGM in Indonesia. We continue to call on the government of Indonesia to repeal the 2010 Ministry of Health regulation legitimizing the practice of FGM and to enact and implement comprehensive legislation banning FGM with strong penalties for violators.
Also join us in calling upon the Indonesian Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Indonesian National Nurses Association and the Indonesian Midwives Association to live up to their international obligations as members of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) by: