Terrorism victims to receive government-approved compensation funds

Terrorism victims to receive government-approved compensation funds

Presidential Spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman (HO-Diskusi daring Indikator Politik Indonesia)

Victims of terrorism can apply for compensation funds through the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK)
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government has given approval and readied compensation funds for people impacted by past acts of terrorism in the country, Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman stated.

"Victims of terrorism can apply for compensation funds through the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK)," Rachman noted during a press statement that ANTARA received in Jakarta on Friday.

Implementation of this policy, as stipulated in Government Regulation No. 35 of 2020 on the amendment of Government Regulation No. 7 of 2018 on compensation, restitution, and support for witnesses and victims, must be accountable, effective, and efficient, he emphasized.

Rachman also called for the need to apply principles of good governance as well as a sense of justice and propriety. President Joko Widodo had signed Government Regulation No. 35 of 2020 on July 7, 2020, which was officially enacted on July 8, 2020, he pointed out.

The government regulation stipulates that the state will cover any losses incurred by the victims of terrorism by providing compensation and medical and psychological assistance.

Terror victims, witnesses, and survivors -- or their inheritors -- can apply for the state's financial compensation through the LPSK, Rachman explained.

Indonesia has been a target of terrorist attacks since 2000, and the spread of radicalism and terrorism continues to threaten the country.

On June 2, 2020, for instance, a policeman from the Daha Selatan precinct of South Kalimantan Province died after a suspected terrorist attacked him with a Samurai sword.

The police officers later shot down the terror suspect when he attempted to evade arrest.

Before assaulting on-duty Brigadier Leonardo Latupapua at the time, the attacker allegedly set ablaze a police patrol vehicle parked in the police precinct's front yard.

In May 2018, terrorists attacked a church in the East Java city of Surabaya. Earlier, on January 14, 2016, ISIS supporters in Indonesia had launched a suicide bombing and shooting attack in Jakarta that resulted in the deaths of eight people, including three civilians.

The incident added to the list of deadly assaults conducted by terrorist cells in Indonesia.

During the period from 2000 to 2012, over a dozen attacks took place in the Indonesian capital, including the Australian embassy bombing of September 9, 2004, and the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotel bombings of July 17, 2009.

The Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) has made incessant endeavors to crush terrorism.


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