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Indonesian Activists Speak Out Against New Legislation

  • JASS

JASS Indonesia has joined more than 130 national, regional and international women’s and human rights organizations to demand the immediate repeal of the newly-issued government regulation permitting female circumcision (‘sunat perempuan’). In its 2007 concluding observations, the CEDAW Committee recommended that Indonesia develop and implement national legislation and policies prohibiting this custom, especially the demedicalization of the practice by midwives and traditional birth attendants, as well as, launch a nation-wide public awareness campaign. JASS SEA’s Niken Lestari participated in the coalition of NGOs spearheading the effort to push the government to deliver.

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