Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) is cooperating with the European Union (EU) to strengthen the commission's role in eradicating violence against women and advancing women's rights.

This cooperation will extend for almost 2.5 years in the future, Komnas Perempuan Chief Andy Yentriyani informed during a seminar on "Fighting Torture and Challenges in Implementing Laws related to Sexual Violence" here on Tuesday.

The EU support would also allow for the continuity of efforts made in cooperation with six institutions within the Cooperation for Torture Prevention (KuPP).

It may also help continue capacity support to service institutions for assisting women sexual violence victims, which will be distributed through the Pundi Perempuan mechanism managed by the commission along with Indonesia for Humanity, she informed.

Earlier, KuPP urged the government to immediately ratify the Optional Protocol Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

This would underline the country's commitment to fulfilling the Constitutional right to be free from torture as a right that cannot be reduced under any circumstances, Deputy Chief of Komnas Perempuan Mariana Amiruddin said at a press conference on Monday

The commission said the OPCAT ratification is important given that it has been 25 years since Indonesia ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment through Law No.5 of 1998.

In an effort to prevent and fight against torture, the commission, along with five other state institutions, formed the KuPP in 2016.

The institutions comprise the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK), Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), Ombudsman, and National Commission on Disabilities (Komnas Disabilitas).

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