MAKASSAR, RAKYAT NEWS – In a collaborative effort, the Makassar City government and the Indonesian Legal  Aid Foundation (YLBHI) along with the Makassar Legal Aid Institute (LBH Makassar) successfully organized a public seminar titled “Supporting Services for the Implementation of Restorative Justice in the Regions.”

The seminar, held at the Four Points Hotel Makassar on Thursday, May 16, 2024, was part of the events marking the launch of Mayor Regulation (Perwali) Number 91 of 2023, which focuses on supporting services for the implementation of restorative justice.

The event was inaugurated by  Sugeng Purnomo, the Deputy for Legal and Human Rights Coordination at the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. He delivered a keynote presentation on “Legal Politics of Implementing Restorative Justice in Indonesia,” where he commended the strategic programs initiated by the Makassar City Government, including the Jagai Anakta’ (Protect your child/ren)and Touch Heart programs.

“These programs serve as alternative methods to foster harmony within the community. The Perwali emphasizes the importance of restoring social conditions, with the concepts of Jagai Anakta’ and Touch the Heart, which aim to rebuild social relationships and harmony,” he remarked.

The seminar featured four prominent speakers. Pujo Harinto, the Director of Community Guidance and Restorative Justice Efforts at the Directorate General of Corrections, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, praised the Makassar adminis for being a trailblazer in issuing regulations related to restorative justice.

“This groundbreaking regulation is unique in Indonesia, supporting restorative justice in social recovery. The government’s initiative is commendable for its innovative and beneficial intentions,” Pujo stated.