29 November 2013

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has said that public access to information of commissions, which are the National Commission on Human Rights, the Attorney Commission, the National Police Commission, the Ombudsman Commission and the Judicial Commission, is unsatisfactory.

“The implementation is still poor even though they play strategic roles in public complaints towards the institutions they oversee,” said Kontras researcher Ahmad Faisal on Tuesday (26/11/2013).

Ahmad said the implementation of the public information openness law (UU KIP) in those five state commissions is still not according to the mandate. The five commissions tend to neglect requests for information and have no standard operating procedure to determine exempted information.

Information openness in the five commissions is crucial as they work according to complaints from the public. Non-transparency will hamper the performances of the five commissions.

Therefore, Kontras recommended the five commissions to set internal regulations regarding public information services, fully implement those regulations, make procedure on exempted information and adjust their websites.