Court Opens Public Consultation Forum for Vulnerable Groups and Persons with Disabilities

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Head of the Human Resources and Organization Bureau Teguh Wahyudi (white shirt) opening a public consultation forum virtually on behalf of Secretary-General M. Guntur Hamzah, Tuesday (11/23/2021). Photo by Humas MK/Ilham W.M.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 15:24 WIB

JAKARTA, Public Relations—As one of the actors that exercise judicial power, the Constitutional Court (MK) intends to realize inclusive Indonesia by offering public services that are friendly to vulnerable groups and persons with disabilities, said Head of the Human Resources and Organization Bureau (SDMO) Teguh Wahyudi virtually at a public consultation forum on “Public Services That Are Friendly to Vulnerable Groups and Persons with Disabilities” on Tuesday afternoon, November 23, 2021. Chairman of the Indonesian Association of People with Disabilities (PPDI) Gufroni Sakaril were in attendance.

To that end, he said, the Court has provided wheelchairs and special restrooms for the disabled, special staff to help the disabled, walkers, special elevators, Court decisions in Braille, ambulance, and lactation rooms.

“In addition, the Court collaborated with organizations of persons with disabilities in organizing constitutional awareness program in 2001 and 2019,” he stressed.

Services for persons with special needs have legal bases in Law No. 8 of 2016 on Persons with Disabilities, Government Regulation No. 39 of 2020 on Adequate Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities in Judicial Process, Constitutional Court Regulation No. 1 of 2021 on Remote Hearing, Constitutional Court Regulation No. 2 of 2021 on Procedural Law for Judicial Review Cases, Secretary-General Regulation No. 31 of 2021 on the Guidelines for Public Service Standards in the Registrar’s Office and Secretariat-General of the Constitutional Court.

Petition with Special Needs

The forum also present panelists for discussion. The Head of the Legal and Registrar Administration Bureau Tatang Garjito gave a presentation on “The Court’s Public Services that are Friendly to Vulnerable/Disabled Groups.”

“We accept petitions in the Court, from both normally and with special needs. In addition, the Court has issued the 1945 Constitution in Braille. For those who are hard of hearing, we have prepared special [printouts] of decisions,” he said.

Tatang also said the Court’s services for people with special needs also apply at the Pancasila and Constitution Education Center, Cisarua Bogor. The Court provides wheelchairs, special paths, special restrooms, and special elevators for the disabled. It also provides sign language interpreters for technical assistance programs.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legal and Registrar Administration Bureau (HAK) made innovations such as online consultation, online petition filing, online hearing, court seat reservation application, document transfer from the Case Settlement Management Information System (SIMPP) through WhatsApp messaging and email, as well as digital signature. The bureau also provides e-services free of charge.

Public Reports

Next, Ombudsman member Johanes Widijantoro gave a presentation on “Supervision of Public Services for Persons with Disabilities.” He revealed that in 2016-2021 there have been 74 public reports related to disability.

“This is only 0.14% of all reports received by the Ombudsman—51,284 reports. Efforts should be made to increase the participation of persons with disabilities in the supervision of public services. The distribution of community reports is mostly addressed to central agencies, local governments in West Nusa Tenggara, Central Java, West Sumatra, and West Java. So, it is not evenly spread in all provinces,” he said.

Johanes said the Ombudsman cooperated with the Ombudsman of Denmark to increase accessibility for persons with disabilities with the support of the Embassy of Denmark and organizations of persons with disabilities in Denmark and Indonesia. The Government as policymakers and the community as service users were also involved.

Disability is a cross-sectoral issue related to many others, such as education, economy, administration, health, employment, law, physical/non-physical infrastructure, communication information, etc.

“The Ombudsman supervises all public services across all ministries/agencies, and can encourage the strengthening of regulations and policies, increasing access to basic rights services, strengthening the complaint system, services, and resolving violations against persons with disabilities, and so on,” Johanes said.

First policy analyst of the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Nanang Khoiruddin talked about public service innovations for vulnerable groups: Top 99 Elderly Health Clinics of 2014 –Yogyakarta City Health Office; Top 99 Special Guarantees for Persons with Disabilities of 2017 – Health Insurance Implementing Agency; Yogyakarta Special Regional Province; Achieving Zero Vulnerability among Persons with Intellectual Disabilities through Sheltered Workshop Peduli, Top 40 in 2018 – Center for Social Rehabilitation of Bina Grahita Kartini of Temanggung, Ministry of Social Affairs, guide vest with technology; Top 99 in 2020 – Social Service Center of Temanggung for Visual Impairment, Gateway to Successful Persons with Disabilities (Gendis); Top 99 in 2020 – Office of Social Affairs of Banyumas Regency; Gema Daya Pentas of Ogan Komering Ulu; Top 99 in 2020 – Office of Social Affairs of Ogan Komering Ulu Regency; Geoliteracy for Persons with Visual Impairment through Tactical Atlas, Top 99 in 2021 – Geospatial Information Agency (BIG).

Writer        : Nano Tresna Arfana
Editor        : Lulu Anjarsari P.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Translation uploaded on 11/24/2021 13:24 WIB

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