Jakarta (ANTARA) - A member of the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Rainy M. Hutabarat, has urged the government to adopt the recommendations provided by various member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

"Komnas Perempuan urges Indonesia to adopt as many recommendations as possible that various UN member states have given, and take effective measures to implement these recommendations," she said at a press conference here on Friday.

Hutabarat made the statement ahead of the 4th Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council on November 9, 2022.

"This is the fourth report by the Indonesian government after the 2008, 2012, and 2017 reports," she informed.

Indonesia has so far adopted 167 out of 225 recommendations, she added.

The commission lauded the government for adopting the recommendations, which include raising the minimum marriage age for women to 19 years, passing Law No. 12 of 2022 on Sexual Crime Prevention (UU TPKS), and Law No. 18 of 2017 on the Protection of Migrant Workers.

However, the implementing regulations of these two laws are still not available, she said.

There are 18 issues of violence against women that are important to pay attention to, including sexual violence, gender-based violence, harmful practices such as female genital mutilation, and dangerous practices in the name of tradition, she informed.

They further cover the virginity test, access to justice, layered vulnerabilities and challenges in legal protection for women migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and vulnerable groups' rights to reproductive and sexual health.

The issues also comprise discriminatory regulations and policies against religious minorities, sexual minorities, elderly women, and women with disabilities.

In addition, they relate to the strengthening of Komnas Perempuan as a human rights institution; women and the pandemic; women human rights defenders; women, disasters, and refugees; capital punishment; women and natural resources and agrarian conflicts; femicides; women victims of serious human rights violations; and women and terrorism.

Komnas Perempuan asked all parties to monitor the process of the 4th Cycle of UPR and its results.

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