UNCAC Coalition Statement on threats to the independence of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission KPK

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We, the undersigning civil society organisations, have been monitoring developments in Indonesia regarding the revision of the law governing Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission or locally known as Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK).

We share the grave concerns of Indonesia’s leading civil society corruption watchdog groups regarding the implications of recent amendments to the KPK law, which endanger the anti-corruption agency’s independence and undermine its ability to effectively prevent, investigate and prosecute corruption.

Fighting Back Attempts to Weaken the KPK

Since the Commission for the Eradication of Corruption (KPK) was founded in 2003, attempts to weaken this institution has been made many times, in many ways. One of the more prominent attempts is through the legislative process, by demanding a revision to the Law No. 30 of 2002 (Revision of KPK Law).

The attempt to revise the KPK Law has begun in 2011. The attempt became more aggressively done by the government and the Parliament in 2015. In that year, discussions on the revision of the Law were done in June, October and December.