Wednesday 17 March, 2021
Hosted by Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, Melbourne Law School
The Special Issue is an outcome of ARC DP180100685 on Indonesia’s policies towards refugees: the contribution of the ARC is gratefully acknowledged.
The Presidential Regulation No. 125 of 2016 concerning the Treatment of Refugees (‘PR’), adopted on 31 December 2016, is an important development in Indonesia’s distinctive approach to refugee issues at both the national and the regional Southeast Asian level. Many advocates of refugee rights hoped that the PR would advance the protection of refugees by implementing the constitutional right to asylum in Indonesia’s Constitution. But it seems that the PR is focused on the management and the securitisation of refugees and asylum seekers rather than providing durable and long-term solutions to the problem.
This webinar provides a critical assessment of the PR to the advancement of refugee rights and norms in Indonesia. The speakers will discuss the different competing norms towards refugee protection, the role and responsibility of local governments in the management of refugees, the constitutional right to asylum in Indonesian law and the opportunities and challenges the PR presents for the long-term solution of refugee issues in Indonesia.
At the webinar, the Editors will launch the Special Issue of Asian Journal of Law and Society on Presidential Regulation No. 125 of 2016 concerning the Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges.