Kuala Lumpur. The weakening of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the criminalization of a number of anti-corruption activists, drew attention from the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) participants. An international solidarity to fight against the poor-performed politicians and law enforcers that are constantly threatening KPK and the anti-corruption activists through the exposure of oligarch interests and corruption-derived assets, was proclaimed by a delegate from Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Civil Society Coalition on the first day of the conference.

“KPK was extraordinarily pressured in the fight against corruptors’ impunity. Not only that politicians seek to cripple KPK’s authority, the law enforcers also took part in criminalizing the KPK commissioners and staffs for their meddling in the oligarch and corrupt law enforcers’ interests,” said Dadang Trisasongko representing the Anti-Corruption Civil Society Coalition.

The call is welcomed by anti-corruption figures, activists, and reformers, in the conference involving more than 1,000 representatives from the government/public sector, civil society, and the private sector. The participants call out for a continued protection towards anti-corruption institutions and its activists around the world.

“We stand in the front line in the struggle of protection for the anti-corruption fighters,” exclaimed Jose Ugaz, the Chairman of Transparency International, during the 16th IACC opening speech.

“The history of corruption eradication proves big changes come from individuals with the courage to innovate the corrupt system and impunity-fueled situation,” Ugaz continued.

Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, the Senator and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, affirmed the importance in protecting the strategic state institutions during the opening of the conference. The absence of such protection, could ruin the government’s credibility and the people’s trust.

“I envy Indonesia. People marched on the streets when KPK was assaulted. Institutions such as KPK, the National Audit Board, and other anti-corruption state institutions have to be defended.”

Referring to Indonesia’s experience, Paul Low promised to preserve the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the anti-corruption state institutions from assaults and impairments. “Because those institutions are my children,” he said. MACC, the Malaysian High Court, and the National Audit Board are being intervened due to the investigations and other law processes related to anti-corruption charged to the Prime Minister.

The 16th IACC in Kuala Lumpur is the biggest international anti-corruption conference. For 3 days (September 2-4, 2015) participants discuss corruption issues across the globe and look for its solutions. The conference theme is “Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action”, a call for campaign to stop tolerance towards corruptors and discrimination towards law enforcement for the corrupt elites globally.

In the past few years, the anti-corruption advocacy network has internationally done varied efforts and pressures to free journalists, activists, and reformers across the globe from imprisonment, violence, and political assaults. International solidarity sees individual actors as the crucial asset to build a moment of change and break of silence.

“The pressure on KPK is intense. Politicians accuse KPK for not succeeding in their conduct of economic policy scandals investigations involving authority during, before, and after the reformation,” explained Ilham Saenong, the Program Director of Transparency International Indonesia, during the “Breaking the Cycle of Impunity: Why Truth Telling and Accountability in Past Economic Crimes Matter” session. “Thus, politicians want KPK to dissolve, while some law enforcers want KPK to cripple.”

The situations in Indonesia have drawn the world’s attention to call for:

1.    The strengthening of protection towards the KPK commissioners and staffs, activists, reformers, and whistleblowers by the President;
2.    The President’s termination of the law process towards the KPK commissioners and staffs, by commanding the National Police and Attorney General. Next, the President has to lead the basic reform of police and judicial system;
3.    The realization of the President’s promise in leading the strengthening of KPK, by commanding the ministers and executives to terminate the dissolution attempts of KPK and the crippling of KPK’s authority by discussing the KPK and Anti-Corruption Law revision, and other related regulations.

Kuala Lumpur, September 2, 2015
Anti-Corruption Civil Society Coalition

Transparency International Indonesia (TII)
Masyarakat Pemantau Peradilan Indonesia/Indonesian Judicial Monitoring Community (MaPPI)
Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW)
Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia

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Ilham Saenong +62 818168441
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