Friday, November 07, 2008

Indonesia Passes Anti-Racial Discrimination Bill

Indonesia, a vast Muslim nation in terms of its population, has passed a bill against racial discrimination. With the passing of this bill there is no ethnic or racial discrimination rulings in the country as they have learnt through the hard way in the late 90s riots that caught the world's attention.

Indonesia passed this bill in accordance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination ("Convention") that was enacted in 1999 in the United Nations, currently monitored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, joining a host of other nations that has adopted the Convention.

Today, the Indonesian citizens are free from this bondage. If found guilty of any form of ethnic or racial discrimination in Indonesia now, it will certainly land you in jail. Yeah, jail term is there.

Sadly, Malaysia is not a party to this Convention. May I know why? Maybe, have to build lots of prisons prior to adopting this Convention here. Economy down, so can't construct the prisons.

Reading: Bill against racial discrimination passed - Jakarta Post
Tags: Indonesia, Racial Discrimination, International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR

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9 Comments:

Blogger Chemhoster said...

haha...malaysia ar, I just wonder who is not racist. It's a matter of "more or less"! Either being extremely racist, quite racist, little racist, no one is crowned as not racist. I am almost certain about this.

But yea, peace among the races should always be maintained and prioritized. Indo has taken great initiative in this matter. Congrats to them.

If the government were to put this "racial discrimination" rule in to enforcement, shouldn't themselves be jailed as well! How funny things can be huh!

07 November, 2008 19:38  
Blogger foongpc said...

Wow! Indonesia is ahead of us already. I wish Malaysia adopts the same bill.

07 November, 2008 23:50  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

chemhoster - maybe i'm in the category of conciously trying to be sensitive to people of other races.

peace is important but there are people who will risk this peace for selfish gains

foong - indon is doin really well in this area of human rights

08 November, 2008 00:27  
Anonymous usws said...

I have a feeling their prisons will be filled up soon.

08 November, 2008 03:27  
Blogger Hazel said...

oh, thanks for tat information

08 November, 2008 18:51  
Blogger va:L said...

Affirmative Action is not a good idea to me.

09 November, 2008 10:39  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

usws - need to build more prisons?

hazel - its good for knowledge

val - oooooooooh

09 November, 2008 21:12  
Blogger Simon Ho said...

if malaysia was in this convention, i guarantee you the prisons will be full with politicians the day it opens.

10 November, 2008 12:08  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

simon - when will we learn then? haha

11 November, 2008 00:18  

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