Is There Any Regulation to Protect People with Mental Disorders in Indonesia? (Case Study of Pasung)

Eddy Imanuel Dolok Saribu and R.A. Valentina Napitulu


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The Indonesian Constitution expressly states that Indonesia is a country that is based on the rule of law. The law guarantees the rights and the obligations of every citizen. The law of Indonesia recognizes the principle of equality before the law. This principle prohibits any form of discrimination. Eliminating discrimination could support the upholding of human rights. One of the State’s duties is to promulgate proper regulation in order to protect people with mental illness from wrong treatment. “Pasung” cases in Indonesia are an example of the phenomenon of providing inhuman treatments to people with a mental illness. However, only a few such cases are published by the media Some advocacy activities are starting to be conducted in order to build societal awareness that pasung is a form of mental mistreatment that is prohibited by law and there are sanctions for offenders. Furthermore, the aim of the advocacy activities is also to build a much better understanding among law enforcers for further legal discussions and cooperation in order to handle the pasung cases with comprehensive and proper method(s).

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