On February 10th, 2018, the official website of KPAI or the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (www.kpai.go.id) featured an article entitled "The Rise of Sexual Violence is the Impact of Implementing the Secular System." The content is not in line with KPAI's mandate to "guard and supervise the implementation of child protection by the stakeholders of child protection, as carried in the article 20 (Law on Child Protection)." The mandate clearly affirms and places KPAI as a state institution working for the greatest interest of all Indonesian children, regardless of race, religion, class, and other socio-cultural identities, not to promote a particular ideology.
Less than 24 hours later, KPAI withdrew the article and published a clarification statement. KPAI said the article was not the view of the so-called Commissioner or the KPAI's view as an institution. KPAI clarification can be accessed in KPAI Clarification.
PUSKAPA appreciated the KPAI for clarifying the incident immediately. We hope and ask KPAI not to stop in good intention. We request that the KPAI be able to ensure that in the future there is no more hate or discriminatory-based content, or content that is not aligned with the mandate of KPAI, which comes out from the official site of KPAI.
For that we would like to suggest:
1. KPAI to routinely ensure that all Commissioners and their staff have the same understanding of the mandate, role, and function of KPAI. This needs to be done in a structured manner in accordance with legislation, relevant international conventions, scientific evidence, and the development of approaches and policies in different parts of the world.
2. KPAI to strengthen the protocol and code of ethics of publication. One is by determining the redactional flow, the principle of publishing, as well as the management of the official site of KPAI.
Indonesian children still hope for KPAI to protect them without exception. KPAI has a great role to communicate well to the public about child protection based on data and analysis. Let's make sure of that.
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