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Indonesia: Forced chemical castration is a degrading punishment

, Index number: ASA 21/4128/2016

Indonesia must immediately repeal recent amendments to the child protection law that imposes a punishment of forced chemical castration on those convicted of sexual violence against children in aggravated circumstances. The organization considers that by adopting these amendments the Indonesian government is undermining the basic right to physical and mental integrity, in particular the right not to be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The regulation also extends the scope of the death penalty, contrary to international standards, to apply to some crimes of sexual violence against children.

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