25 October 28 2009 INDONESIA Meeting Summary
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The International Program Indonesia Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, met with delegate from Indonesia October 28, 2009, Judicial Watch headquarters Washington, D.C. The meeting was requested the Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID), under the auspices the U.S. Department States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). furtherance the program developed MCID, Judicial Watch was asked discuss: How Judicial Watch monitors and provides oversight the government and judiciary. The course legal civil action for government officials, especially elected appointed judges, who are implicated corruption scandals? And how Judicial Watch disseminates the information they collect the public. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality our nations public life and seeks ensure that political and judicial officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program. The U.S. Department States country profile for Indonesia reports that since the September 11th terrorist attacks U.S. soil and the terrorist attacks Indonesia (Bali 2002 and Jakarta 2003 and 2004), the United States and Indonesia have worked together counterterrorism, with the common goal maintaining peace, security, and stability the region. The State Department indicates that the U.S. The International Program Indonesia committed consolidating Indonesia's democratic transition and supports the territorial integrity the country. The country study further reports that relations between Indonesia and the U.S. are positive and have advanced since the election President Yudhoyono October 2004. President Yudhoyono won reelection office 2009, part, his promise combat corruption government. His previous administrations success combating corruption was due the work anti-corruption court established outside Indonesias normal court system. According June 17, 2009, article published Reuters, Scores senior officials, who under previous governments would have been considered untouchable, have been sentenced the corruption court. The normal courts are known for treating corruption cases leniently, with over half the defendants dismissed, and sentences running under six months. contrast, the anti-corruption court has had a 100 percent conviction rate, with the average sentence running about four years, reported Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).1 Most recently, however, the corruption courts existence has experienced pushback result parliaments successful efforts weaken the special Corrupt Crimes Court. According Freedom House, the bill passed parliament allows for the Court staff majority its judges from the regular justice system. Previously, majority the judges had come from outside the governmentincluding practicing lawyers, academics, and retired prosecutors, among others. career judges not tend have impeccable reputations corruption cases Indonesia, such requirement was seen allow the court more independence.2 the Indonesian delegate agreed, difficult and ongoing fight. Indonesia still most measures considered one the most corrupt countries the world. However, the long history and culture corruption Indonesia make the recent successes the anti-corruption court even more remarkable. Olivia Rondonuwu, Indonesias corruption court fight for existence, Reuters, June 17, 2009 accessed October 27, 2009. Freedom House, Corruption-Fighters Indonesia Feel Pushback, October 21, 2009 accessed October 30, 2009.