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Justice Reform in Indonesia: EU, UNDP, Supreme Court conclude five-year project with solid achievements
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, UNDP Indonesia and the Supreme Court of Indonesia held a closing ceremony of their five-year project to Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Indonesia (SUSTAIN). The project has provided technical assistance to the Supreme Court and its subordinate courts to increase transparency, integrity and accountability of the judiciary and the quality of justice services delivered to the people.
The event was attended by the Indonesian Chief Justice H.E. M. Hatta Ali, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia Mr Charles-Michel Geurts, and UNDP Resident Representative Christophe Bahuet.
Mr Charles-Michel Geurts, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, said "The EU appreciates the strong commitment of the Supreme Court and the pilot Courts and congratulates them for all the reform achievements that have been made with the support of the SUSTAIN project. The sustainability of these achievements will require continued commitment from the Government's budget to maintain all new systems developed. We welcome the Supreme Court's continued momentum to achieve its Blueprints for Judicial Reform to the benefit of Indonesian citizens, in particular the most vulnerable groups."
In his remarks, UNDP Resident Representative Christophe Bahuet underlined the contribution of SUSTAIN Project in achieving the United Nations SDG # 16 dealing with Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. “The work done by the project has contributed significantly not only to improving the quality of judicial services with more integrity in processes but also reinforced the credibility of the judiciary with more accountable judicial personnel, more transparent proceedings and opportunities for ethics supervision enhanced and improved” said Bahuet.
During five-year intervention, the SUSTAIN project has produced satisfactory results, amongst others:
A public discussion titled "Realising a Transparent and Accountable Court: Challenges and Success" was also held as part of the closing event. The discussion featured Laode Muhammad Syarif, Vice Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission; Sunarto, Vice Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia for Non-Judicial Affairs; Gilles Blanchi, Senior Advisor of EU-UNDP SUSTAIN Project; Dadang Trisasongko, Secretary General of Transparency International Indonesia; and Harry Ponto, an advocate.
The EU provided €10 million to this project.