Indonesia continues to torture drug addicts

By chillinwill · Jun 19, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Indonesia's torture of addicts must stop

    Jakarta, Indonesia — Moral theorists tend to agree that nearly all instances of torture are unjustifiable, irrespective of the motive. Although universally condemned, local values continue to allow the practice of torture. This is because certain individuals and communities tend to view torture as “acceptable” if it is conducted on particular people, such as prison inmates or convicted criminals.

    In Indonesia this attitude prevails toward people charged with or convicted of drug abuse. It is standard, although unofficial, practice for police to torture detainees and inmates charged with this crime. What is worse, the individuals themselves often feel they deserve to be treated in such a manner. They believe they have committed a terrible crime, which makes them unworthy of being treated with dignity. The concept that they deserve to be tortured makes it extremely difficult to eradicate this practice.

    In Indonesia, almost all drug-related arrests are accompanied by the practice of torture. In this context, the act of torture – cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment – is conducted in a nondiscriminatory manner.

    Police torture involves different parts of the anatomy, depending on the victim’s gender. For women, the customary method is sexual abuse; the victim is ordered to strip and perform various sexual acts. For men it is likely to include regular beatings, sleep deprivation and electric shocks to the genitals. These practices are regarded as common and acceptable, not only by police officers, detainees and inmates but also by society.

    Indonesians who use drugs are considered lowly human beings. They are often seen as people who engage freely in sexual activities, come from bad family environments, or have bad characters and personalities. In addition, they are susceptible to HIV/AIDS.

    Drug use is considered inconsistent with local values, customs and religious teachings, therefore users and addicts tend to be disowned by their families and ostracized by society. This contributes to the hardship that often drives drug users to commit bigger crimes like theft, rape and murder. The moralistic approach to their problem has been most damaging to this vulnerable group.

    Scholars of both culture and law have attempted to explain this phenomenon. One theory postulates that law is a reflection of cultural values within a particular society. The cultural values of a society can be observed in the people’s attitudes, which are heavily affected by both external factors and intrinsic moral values.

    In the case of drug users, both social attitudes and moral values in Indonesia lead people to think that torture is justifiable, both in detention and after conviction. Social acceptance makes it hard to label torture a crime, although the law perceives it otherwise.

    These circumstances are depressing, as they are erroneous. Application of the law must be strengthened so police officers understand they have an absolute duty to refrain from torture. The misperception that the torture of drug addicts is acceptable must be corrected.

    Whether by coincidence or intent, the U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, established in 1997, falls on the same day as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking of Drugs, created a decade earlier. Both are on June 26.

    It is a day to voice concern for both those who have endured the evil practice of torture as well as for drug users that are marginalized by society.

    The fight against drugs should be conducted with the aim of protecting and rehabilitating drug addicts, as opposed to torturing them. Recognizing the human rights of drug users is essential, not least because it helps prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate the impact of drug use on public health.

    Criminalizing and targeting drug users will never solve the root problems of global illicit drug trafficking. Severe punishments such as the death penalty – which is the ultimate denial of the right to life and a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment – have failed to lower drug trafficking levels.

    It is time for international human rights standards to be incorporated at the heart of international drug policies. The torture of any human being is unacceptable, and this includes drug users. Failure to implement humane policies will merely prolong the drawn-out sufferings of drug users as well as the mistaken attitudes of society.

    Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture, rightly said, “It is high time to rethink the punitive approach to drug policies and to replace it with a human rights-based approach, which ensures inter alia the protection of the most vulnerable groups.”

    We should not ignore this terribly mistreated group any longer in the name of a pointless war on drugs carried out by daily torture.

    Edwina Kharisma
    June 17, 2009
    UPI Asia

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  1. Kratom23
    SWIM been living in Indo for a while now, and this article does not surprise me at all. Sometimes I think that folk living in "western cultures" dont realize how good they have it. In Indo you really have to keep a very low profile..
  2. Denny007
    as strange and funny as they can be,most cases in indonesia whitch involves drug raids,and drug busts in clandestine labs or drug dealer,there will be some strange but almost invincible weird evidences,such as,the heroin or meth drug dealer that was busted in his home,there will be a single roll of mariyuana,that in almost in any of these scene of crimes,founded by the undercover police(preman/reserse/buser) which will be used as a reason to search the premises of the suspects.
    as perhaps any indonesian citizen may have heard,six of indonesian selebrities were busted with this methods,and with the same M.O.the first evidence that will always be found by the police will be one single roll of mariyuana(ready to smoke),even though all of the sixth selebrities was a meth addict.


    Denny007 added 41 Minutes and 2 Seconds later...

    have you ever seen the rehabilitation facilities profided by the government and managed by the BNN(Anti Drugs organization of Indonesia)
    BNP(Badan Narkoba Propinsi/Anti Drugs organization -province/district)

    they trat the addict like an animal,in cells,no clothes,sleeps in cold floor or by an old newpaper,eat rice and only soup(the soup mostly only meat water),and the medicine or the theraphies provided(they claimed its free and accessable by the addict treated there),but actually they put a price in any of them.
    (What swim writes aboves are not RSKO conditions,and the above said are actually happened to swims best friend(RIP))
    he died because OD'ed during his relaps,he werent cured,healed,or anything there eventhough he spends 4 months there.Since the facilities were merely an options sentenced by judge,either there for 4 months or a year in the cipinang/salemba prison,which 90% population of the (IDA)Injection Drug Addict there are positively HIV(YEAH,for all of you readers that wasnt Indonesian Citizens,dont be surprised because in most of the prisons in indonesia,you will find,can freely buy and use almost any drugs that illegal outside of the prison walls and you can also make a meth lab inside prisons too.So if you wants to make a meth lab in indonesia,and operating safely without the police chasing you,just commti anycrimes to get inside the prison and make lab inside.)
    Or you could just get your 90% chance of HIV positive by being "Matahari'ed"(RAPED in turns by a senior inmate).
    So He thinks that he was smart,bribed the judge and save 8months of jailtime,by attends the facility,but still,he and almost all of the alumni of the facility werent cured,healed at all there.And at the end,he still died,and even his parents still wonder by now,why he wasnt cured or healed or at least learned his lessons there.

    Hmm...As you all read by now,even the theraphies and any subtitutes tratment(subutex,methadones) arent free of charge as they promotes all over any news media and of course sold and commercialize the medications that was meant for the patients there for the highest bidder in the black market.
    This is ofcourse a crime that has been made by the public officers,because of the stigmas of the patients they treated,The DRUG ADDICTS.

    This is Indonesia
    A piece of Texas for Drug Users(that still survives and still freely uses until now),and Hell for the Drug Addicts(That has ever being caught)
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