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Legal experts scoff at Indonesia’s improved rule of law ranking

first_imgThe Rule of Law Index, compiled annually by the United States-based World Justice Project, is a widely used tool to assess whether a country practices the four universal principles of law of accessibility, accountability, openness and fairness.The index makes use of eight indicators, each of which is assessed by 4,000 legal practitioners and 130,000 households around the world.According to the latest index, published on March 11, Indonesia has only progressed on five indicators: constraints on government power, open government, absence of corruption, civil justice and criminal justice.On the other hand, Indonesia experienced a setback in another indicator – order and security – while the scores for two others – fundamental rights and regulatory enforcement – remained stagnant.Erwin bemoaned Indonesia’s performance, saying the government should place more attention on the index, which has long been used as a primary basis for other indices, including Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.He urged the government to focus on improving three particular indicators – absence of corruption, civil justice and criminal justice – as they were still below the global average, despite improved scores on the index this year.Indonesia scored 0.39 in the absence of corruption indicator, well below the global average of 0.57. It also scored 0.39 for criminal justice and 0.46 for civil justice. Both are also below the global average of 0.47 and 0.55, respectively.“These indicators have long been stumbling blocks for Indonesia to achieve a better score on the index. So far, I haven’t seen any effort from the government to improve these indicators,” said the law expert.“Instead, the government has only made contentious gestures that have weakened Indonesia’s score, such as issuing the controversial 2019 Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] Law.”Separately, Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YLBHI) chairwoman Asfinawati echoed Erwin’s sentiments, saying that the woeful reality of the current justice system was reflected in the low scores in the three aforementioned indicators, especially criminal justice.“I think the index is really good at capturing such realities,” she told the Post.As the head of a legal aid agency, Asfinawati said she had witnessed impoverished people entangled in criminal cases being discriminated against by law enforcers, simply because they did not have access to legal representation.To prove her point, she recalled several legal proceedings where the police had forcibly detained suspects without any evidence to prove they deserved to be arrested in accordance with the Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP).Other times, she noted instances where suspects were unable to file pretrial lawsuits because they were unable to afford an attorney. As a result, they often faced tough sentencing when they could have been cleared of the charges if they had access to legal assistance.These circumstance implied that law enforcement agencies often abused their power, Asfinawati said, adding that this further exacerbated the unfairness within the country’s justice system.“Sometimes poor people have no idea where to even seek out legal aid, but that doesn’t mean that law enforcers can just discriminate against them haphazardly,” she said. “That’s not at all in line with the principles of the rule of law.”The YLBHI leader said she believed legal reforms such as amending the KUHAP to include fair treatment and the implementation of principles from the Universal Declaration on Human Rights would help Indonesia score better on the Rule of Law Index.“[Such reforms] may lift not just one but many index indicators at the same time, including criminal justice and fundamental rights,” she said.Asked separately about the justice system’s shortcomings, Supreme Court spokesperson Abdullah said the public can report judges who have allegedly violated the code of ethics to the Judicial Commission, which would then recommend deserving sanctions for them to the court.In 2019, the Judicial Commission recommended sanctions for 130 judges for breaching KUHAP provisions, which makes up most of the violations committed at the lower courts. Out of these recommendations, however, the Supreme Court has only followed up on 10 reports.“We have also simplified our judicial processes since launching the e-Litigation and e-Court system last year, so I think that should be called an achievement as well,” Abdullah said on Friday. (glh)Topics : Critics saw almost no merit in the slight improvement, but also acknowledged the index’s accuracy in exposing flaws in the justice system, which has long been held back by draconian laws and the pervasive grip of corruption.“The improved ranking might be deceiving as it looks like we have made a significant effort to set up a fair justice system in this country,” law expert Erwin Natosmal Oemar told The Jakarta Post earlier this week.“However, if you look at Indonesia’s score in the last five years, we haven’t improved much at all, meaning the government hasn’t done much to reform the justice system.”The report reveals that positive indicators have not improved significantly, as each score only increased between 0.01 to 0.02 percentage points compared to last year’s ratings. Unimpressed legal experts have called on the government to make the Indonesian justice system fairer despite the country’s improved position in a global rule of law index.Indonesia improved its aggregate score on the 2020 Rule of Law Index from 0.52 to 0.53, the first improvement in the last five years. The index measures a country’s adherence to the rule of law on a 0–1 scale, with 1.0 being the strongest.The slight progress was enough for Indonesia to place 59th out of 128 countries surveyed, four positions better than last year’s results.last_img read more

Trump bars travel from Brazil, a new pandemic hotspot

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Sunday suspended travel from Brazil, which has emerged as a major new hotspot in the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said.Non-Americans who have been in Brazil in the 14-day period prior to when they seek admittance to the US cannot come to America, said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Trade is not affected by the new rule.”Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” she said in a statement. With more than 360,000 confirmed cases, Brazil now has the second-biggest caseload in the world, after the United States. It has registered more than 22,000 deaths.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is a political ally of Trump and with his brash, not politically correct way of speaking, he has been dubbed the “Tropical Trump.”And, like Trump, Bolsonaro has downplayed the health crisis, famously comparing the virus to a “little flu” and arguing that stay-at-home measures are unnecessarily hurting Latin America’s largest economy.Brazil downplayed Trump’s move as standard procedure.”The decision… is identical to measures taken previously that suspended travel from other countries affected by COVID-19, including China, Iran, the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as the European Union’s Schengen zone,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.Brazil had itself already barred foreigners from entering the country because of the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

Seaside life at inland prices

first_img52 Augusta Drive, Balgal Beach.LIVING by the beach is often a luxury reserved for those who can afford a seven-figure price tag but just north of Townsville homes by the sea are being listed for under $500,000.Areas such as Balgal Beach, Toolakea, and further north in the Hinchinbrook region all offer homes for under half a million that allow buyers to fall asleep to the sound of the sea. RELATED: >>Agents aid hot buyers in Townsville >>Rasmussen is proving you can nab a family-friendly home for under $200,000 >>Capital city buyers fed up with unaffordable property prices are heading to Townsville Selling agent Robyn Neilson is selling 52 Augusta Dr at Balgal Beach which is priced in the high $300,000s.The three bedroom two bathroom property has water views and is across the road from the beach.She said homes with water views near the beach always attract plenty of interest from the market.“They generally attract a higher price and they always sell well,” she said. “This home is amazing value … I don’t think there’s anywhere else you can get this for that money.“Balgal Beach is just such a brilliant place and I’ve travelled all over the world and this is where I choose to live.“It’s a wonderful community and location.” CLICK HERE for the latest Townsville real estate news Townsville Property Centre agent Jean Laterre said you can’t beat living by the beach and he has chosen to base himself by the sea at Toolakea.He is selling 72 The Esplanade which is priced at $475,000 and is a two bedroom, two bathroom home on a large 1012sq m allotment.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202072 The Esplanade is for sale for $475,000.The property offers the ideal beachside lifestyle with the home’s front lawn ending where the sand beginsMr Laterre said white collar workers and people from interstate looking for a sea change at a bargain price were his main market for beachfront homes.“We get a lot of interstate inquiries (for beachside properties) and most of them are looking for a sea change rather than a holiday home,” he said.“Some people say I wouldn’t live on the beach because we might get taken out by a tsunami but you have a better chance of winning gold lotto.“This property is literally 50 steps from the beach.”Peter Reitano is selling 74 John Dory Street at Taylors Beach with a listing price of $460,000. The view from74 John Dory Street at Taylors Beach.The three bedroom, two bathroom home has beach frontage and the small coastal community is a fisherman’s paradise with all the streets named after fish.Mr Reitano said compared to other areas around Queensland beachside properties in Taylors Beach, Lucinda and Forrest Beach were relatively affordable.“We have quite a few properties around the district with water views and they do get strong interest,” he said.“With this property it has water views, you can stroll down to the beach and nothing can be built in front of you.“People really like the water views so they do usually attract a higher price than other properties in the area.”last_img read more

Sunland Group officially launches Magnoli Apartments

first_imgMagnoli Apartments.Apartments feature a mix of one, two and three-bedroom plus study designs, featuring kitchens, large indoor/outdoor living areas, and quality fittings and finishes.Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start from $395,000, and two-bedroom plus study apartments are priced from $580,000. The three-bedroom penthouses start from $1.15 million. Magnoli Apartments. Magnoli Apartments.“Magnoli Apartments introduces a new architectural language to the southern Gold Coast,” Sahba said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The twin twelve-storey apartment buildings feature vibrant cascading gardens, where views ofunspoilt beaches are framed by contemporary coastal living spaces.“Generous landscaped setbacks interwoven with ancient Norfolk pines, an expansive community park, and an on-site cafe further add to the local amenity.”Private resident amenities include a resort-style pool, lounge, and landscaped entertaining areas.center_img Magnoli Apartments is officially launching today.MAGNOLI Apartments features a collection of boutique residential apartments and terrace homes, adjoining a large park in Palm Beach.Sunland Group managing director Sahba Abedian said the vibrant transformation of the southern Gold Coast was s creating unique opportunities for home buyers.last_img read more

UK regulator cracks down on data irregularities with seven investigations

first_imgThe UK regulator is to launch an investigation into seven pension schemes over mass irregularities in their member data, as the body moves forward with its push to rid the industry of poor data.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has been working on its push for better member data in UK schemes since 2010, when it introduced strict requirements on quality.In June 2010, the requirements laid down gave schemes two and a half years to have 95% accuracy for past common data, which include member names, addresses and dates of birth, and 100% accuracy for any data collected from that point onwards.Since the deadline passed at the end of 2012, the regulator has been investigating the industry to see whether its requirements have been met. It began a thematic review in the middle of last year, which involved an in-depth investigation into 237 of the UK’s most vulnerable schemes, to test the extent of which they had adhered to its requirements.With its findings expected to be published later this month, the regulator announced it has launched investigations into seven of the schemes it reviewed.In its thematic review, the regulator said it found 201 examples of good member data, and gave strong recommendations to a further 29 schemes on how to improve.With the seven schemes, however, it said it encountered a lack of engagement in its review, examples of trustees “passing the buck” on data quality and a significant impact on members.However, it said it also found examples of schemes building in risk management tools for poor member data, and cost-effective ways of keeping member data up-to-date.In its full review findings, the regulator will lay out to the industry how well schemes have taken on board the strict requirements brought in.It also confirmed the thematic review undertaken in 2013 was not a one-off, with another procedure taking place later this year.last_img read more

New Japanese Ambassador appointed to Dominica

first_imgPresident Dr. Nicholas Liverpool (left) and Ambassador Yoshimasa Tezuka His Excellency Yoshimasa Tezuka is Japan’s New Ambassador to Dominica.The Japanese Diplomat presented his letters of credentials to Dominica’s Head of State H.E. Dr. Nicholas J.O. Liverpool on June 6, 2012 during a ceremony at the President’s Office.The new Ambassador during his speech said, “On this occasion, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to your Excellency for your Government’s invaluable cooperation extended to Japan in the international arena. I also wish to convey our appreciation for the compassionate condolence message from your Excellency after the greatest Japan earthquake disaster. After one year, Japan is steadily moving forward toward recovery. I’m firmly resolved to do my best to fulfill my important mission and to provide all possible cooperation for the development of your country.”H.E. President Liverpool noted that since the formalizing of ties between Dominica and Japan in 1978, Dominica has received significant assistance from Japan.“I would like to express appreciation of the Government and people of Dominica for the tremendous help extended to this country under the Japan Overseas Development Assistance Programme including the provision of exports and training for Dominican nationals. They recognize the potential of the programme as an effective means of complimenting our national development efforts. I note in particular your country’s assistance to Dominica in the area of fishing under the Fisheries Grant Aid programme. The most recent being the construction of the Portsmouth Fisheries complex which has since been inaugurated and is now fully operational.”The island’s Head of State also welcomed news of plans by Japan’s Government to simplify its overseas development assistance programme.“I also welcome the news that your Government has taken the decision as of this year, to implement new procedures geared at simplifying its Overseas Development Assistance Programme. Your Excellency, it is my sincere hope that Dominica will continue to benefit from your country’s expertise and that of your people and that we will explore greater opportunities in developing more creative cooperation between our two countries.”Government Information Service Share Share LocalNews New Japanese Ambassador appointed to Dominica by: – June 8, 2012 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Bo. Obrero ‘surgical’ quarantine expanded: 200 houses on COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgConlu said both the city government and the barangay will supply food to every household as well as their other needs. * WV Patient No. 1127 – 32-year-old male (facility quarantined) The ECQ was imposed beginning July 22 after two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the neighborhood just days after a resident there died due to the viral illness. * All forms of transportation, both private and public, are restricted./PN * Refrain from unnecessary travel until the COVID-19 testing and sanitation process have been completed. “Si mayor may padala nga relief goods and ang barangay may augmentation man,” Conlu added. A curfew and liquor ban are also being maintained in the neighborhood. Residents queue to get tested for coronavirus disease 2019 at an extraction point in Zone 2, Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City on July 27. Five residents there were found infected with the viral illness. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * WV Patient No. 1128 – 26-year-old male (facility quarantined) * WV Patient No. 1126 – 10-year-old male (facility quarantined) Mayor Treñas’ executive order on the “surgical extreme” ECQ ordered the households to observe the following: According to Bo. Obrero village councilman James Conlu, there are now five confirmed COVID-19 cases detected in the village as of Monday. With the ECQ extension, residents of the identified area are not allowed to go out of their houses for the meantime, even to buy provisions. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas not only extended the 72-hour “surgical extreme” enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Barangay Bo. Obrero in Lapuz district, but he also expanded the stringent measure with 200 houses on lockdown. * WV Patient No. 1125 – 64-year-old female (facility quarantined) These 200 houses would therefore continue their home quarantine until Wednesday night, July 29, or until all the results of their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are released. They were the following:  * WV Patient No. 1124 – 17-year-old male (facility quarantined) “One of them ang naga-istar sa boundary sang Zone 2 and Zone 3, rason nga ginpalapad ang area sang lockdown,” Conlu said. * Only Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) shall be allowed to enter and/or leave the neighborhood, and existing health and safety measures shall be strictly imposed. A portion of the village’s Zone 3 (50 houses) and almost 80 percent (150 houses) of Zone 2 were now covered with Treñas’ latest order extending ECQ for another three days beginning Sunday night.last_img read more

Area Baseball Sectional Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Baseball Sectional Scores.  Wednesday  (5-28)Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Greensburg  7     Franklin County  1Batesville  11     Lawrenceburg  4Sectional 45 @ Austin.Milan  6     Switzerland County  4South Ripley/Austin-N/ASectional 60 @ Shawe Memorial.Jac-Cen-Del  4     Rising Sun  0Oldenburg Academy  9     South Decatur  5Sectional 14 @ East Central.Bloomington South  4     Shelbyville  0Columbus East  12     East Central  0Courtesy of The IHSAA.last_img read more

Atalanta whip Brescia to go second in Serie A

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Atalanta’s Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic scored a hat-trick as they thrashed relegation-threatened Brescia 6-2 on Tuesday to climb to second place in Serie A.The result means they moved six points behind leaders Juventus and two ahead of Inter Milan and Lazio. Boasting Serie A’s most potent attack, Atalanta took the lead when Ruslan Malinovsky sliced open the defence with a clever pass to set up Pasalic to score in the second minute.Brescia struck back six minutes later through Ernesto Torregrossa.But they were stunned by three superb goals from Marten de Roon, Malinovsky and a diving header by Duvan Zapata to go in at the break 4-1 down.The home side did not let up after half-time with Pasalic netting twice more to complete his hat-trick.Even though Nikolas Spalek pulled a goal back, the defeat left Brescia second from bottom on 21 points after 33 games, nine points from the safety zone. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AtalantaBresciaInter MilanJuventusLazioMario PasalicSerie Alast_img read more

Reds take inspiration from Aspinall

first_img “To see that (from the fans) is like bringing you back in time, the welcome we got in our last game. “The supporters have been given hope really. They are proud of us, to watch the team attack and play with the verve they are, they put banners hanging over the training ground, there is a lot of nostalgia there for the supporters because they are proud of their team. This is a real iconic football club and we are trying to set the team up to attack.” Rodgers, who maintains his squad had not looked to take any extra incentive from Chelsea’s defeat, praised the way his side took an early stranglehold at Carrow Road. “We showed great quality and were nerveless in our possession and control, but credit to Norwich because they changed their shape for the second half and got the goal which gave the crowd a lift,” the Northern Irishman said. “It was always going to be tough after that, but we showed everything again, the quality of our movement and play was exceptional. “We had to show character, resilience and determination, which we did in bundles. “It was a big victory and congratulations to the players because we can finish no lower than third, which guarantees Champions League football, and at the start of the season everyone thought it would be a struggle for us to get to fourth, so it shows the magnitude of the effort the players have put in.” Rodgers added: “We have cemented the first objective, which was cementing Champions League qualification. Now we will look forward to next weekend, which will be a great atmosphere at Anfield.” The Liverpool manager praised the impact of England World Cup hopeful Sterling, who supported the attack well in the absence of injured forward Daniel Sturridge. “He is arguably the best young player in European football at the moment, if he does not win the PFA Young Player of the Year this season, it is ridiculous,” Rodgers said. “I have been really pleased with his maturity, because we have tried to play him in different positions, which really tells you how intelligent he is as a footballer. “He is a really humble kid, and it has been great to see.” Rodgers, though, is determined to keep everyone grounded. He said: “You never get too carried away when you win, and you never get too disappointed when you lose. “You cant win every game, but dealing with the expectancy is all part of being at a huge club like Liverpool. “All I know is my players give me everything and I cannot ask for any more. For me, that is what is important.” While Liverpool look in a strong position to go on and claim the title, Norwich appear unlikely to avoid relegation. The Canaries are only two points above the drop zone, with away matches at Manchester United and Chelsea before hosting Arsenal on the final day. However, manager Neil Adams – who replaced Chris Hughton following the 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on April 5 – has to remain positive. “The way we came out second half, and got about it, the belief, the conviction, I was absolutely delighted with it,” he said. “No doubt people will ask if they have got that in the last three games, but the two performances since I have been in charge have been first class. “We will go out to get nine points. The belief is there we can get enough to stay in the division.” However, Norwich – just two points above the drop-zone – rallied after Gary Hooper reduced the deficit following a poor punch by Simon Mignolet only for Sterling to slot home a deflected third on the break. Robert Snodgrass set up a tense finale with his far post header with 13 minutes left, but the Reds secured what looks to be a priceless victory ahead of next weekend’s showdown with Chelsea at Anfield. Rodgers delivered an emotional address at the service which commemorated 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. The Reds manager again looked for inspiration out of what was such a tragedy for the club and city. “We were at the memorial service this week, there was hope for the families there as well,” said Rodgers. “I used some words of Margaret Aspinall, we put them up on the wall (in the dressing room), she talked about stress and how it can prove difficult for you, but it can also offer you great determination to fight, and that is what we gave the players today. “This is all one club at this moment in time and we are all fighting to achieve the ultimate goal.” Rodgers added: “Liverpool is an incredible club. Raheem Sterling scored twice and Luis Suarez broke the 30-goal barrier as the Reds moved a step closer to their first championship in over 20 years. Liverpool showed their intent to make the most of Chelsea’s shock home defeat by Sunderland on Saturday, and romped 2-0 ahead inside 10 minutes as the relegation-threatened Canaries were ripped apart with a superb 25-yard effort from Sterling, before Suarez tucked home from close range. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed they had used the words of Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, as inspiration to go and beat beat relegation-battlers Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road and move five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more