Jayapura (ANTARA News) – The government of Papua Province is committed to halt violence based on gender discrimination by issuing a Special Regional Regulation No.1/2011 and Province Regulation No.8/2013, Governor Lukas Enembe said here on Tuesday.
“Both rulings assure rights of the survivors as well as protect the victims of domestic violence,” Enembe stated while adding that the Governor Regulation No.48/2015 had been issued to guide the activities of women empowerment and child protection bureau of the province.
According to Enembe, all parties should ensure the regulation is obeyed by people to avoid crimes.
“Everyone, including the government as well as civil society, needs to oversee the implementation of the laws in order to stop crimes,” Enembe pointed out.
A strong awareness and commitment are important to prevent sexual assault against women and children, the governor remarked.
“As the number of the crimes tends to grow, it becomes a major threat to the citizens,” Enembe added.
The governor stated that the authority needs to proactively crack down on perpetrators and maximize protection for the victims.
According to an annual report from The National Commission on Violence against Women, at least 16,217 cases of gender assault across the country were recorded in 2015.
In last year alone, around 2 thousand children in Papua and West Papua provinces suffered from the violence, an official from Papuas Prosecutor Office Harli Siregar said in Jan.
Siregar added that the cases have been investigated and submitted to the court by provinces prosecutor.
Source: Antara News