Human rights chief "shocked" to hear about discrimination against women in Indonesia

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Navi Pillay

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she is shocked to hear about the levels of discrimination against women in Indonesia.

Speaking to reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday during her mission to the country, Navi Pillay said that Indonesia is to be commended for ratifying international human rights treaties.

However, she added, these international human rights obligations have to be translated into domestic law.

Ms. Pillay told reporters that on Monday she met with a group of women victims of violence who explained the discrimination they have faced in Indonesia.

"I was shocked to hear the level of discrimination and injustice that some of them have faced. I am particularly concerned to hear about the arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement of Sharia Law in Aceh, enforcing brutal punishments of stoning and caning, and raids on hair salons and other places where people gather, creating an environment of intimidation and fear." (Duration: 26")

Ms Pillay said that she was also concerned to hear about police violence against members of the lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex community.

She urged the government to ensure their protection and also encouraged it to ensure sexual and reproductive rights of unmarried girls and women.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’29″

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