Jakarta: At the Arria-Formula meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, November 12, 2019, the international community praised how Indonesia treated terrorist prisoners and its effort to prevent radicalization in prisons.
The meeting that was chaired directly by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia for the United Nations in New York Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani raised "Challenges to Radicalization in Prisons" as its theme.
"It was a collaboration among Indonesia, Belgium, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)," the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a press statement released on Wednesdat, November 13, 2019.
The meeting presented Dr. Sri Puguh Budi Utami, the Director General of Corrections of Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, as a keynote speaker, along with some other speakers from Belgium's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, representatives from UNODC, International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC), Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), including academics from Egmond Institute's Senior Research Fellow.
It was attended by 15 council members and more than 12 other UN member states that shared their views and experiences in dealing with terrorist prisoners, deradicalization in prisons, and rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in society.
Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani explained that the UNSC's Arria-Formula meeting this time aimed at discussing risk management related to terrorist inmates.
"For this reason, Indonesia's experience in terrorist prisoners deradicalization has made a positive contribution to the efforts to tackle global terrorism," Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani said.
The Director General of Corrections Utami explained that Indonesia has adopted various approaches in managing terrorist prisoners in the jail, in collaboration with various parties.
"Religious leaders, survivors of bomb attacks, even ex-terrorist prisoners are also involved in the process of deradicalization," said Director General Utami.
Further, she also explained various life management and entrepreneurship training programs conducted for terrorist prisoners that aimed to explore the potentials of terrorist prisoners so that they could be reintegrated in the community in the future.
"Indonesia is committed to continuing to improve the management of terrorist prisoners, including through the building infrastructures used, security facilities, and technology and information support," explained the Director General of Corrections while stressing the important role of positive relations among officers, civil servants, and prisoners to ensure effective rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners.
The Arria-Formula Meeting is one of UNSC meetings aimed at discussing an issue that is considered complex and requires a breakthrough by presenting expert speakers in an interactive dialogue.