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Committee to select human rights body executives

The selection committee has received 312 applications for the National Commission on Human Rights members for the 2012-2017 period as of Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.\n

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5th February 2012 11:22

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Selection committee chairman Jimly Asshiddique said Tuesday the team would select candidates based on their administrative formalities before undergoing further steps of psychometric and health tests. Candidates would also be asked for writing samples and to participate in interviews.

The selection process will also include public input and dialogue.

Applicants passing these tests will be the final candidates who will undergo a “fit-and-proper test” at the House of Representatives sometime during the middle of the year.

The current rights commissioners will end their terms in August.

The scheduled deadline of Tuesday at midnight has been extended to Tuesday next week at noon, to allow applicants to complete requirements apart from allowing new applications.

Jimly said the selection committee would then announce the final number of applicants.

The committee will submit at least twice the number of commissioners, the total of which will be decided by the House.

The committee and rights body are proposing to submit 30 final candidates to be selected to only 15 commissioners. The law on the national rights body allows a maximum of 35 rights commissioners.

Jimly said that the law on the rights body “constrains us from selecting the best people” as applicants may be put off by the law demanding commissioners to work full time with no means of earning extra income beyond the salary of Rp 10 million (US$1,111) to prevent any conflicts of interest.

In earlier public meetings, including with lawmakers on Monday, citizens said the performance of the rights body in the post-Soeharto period had also reduced the commission’s credibility and appeal.

In a meeting between the selection committee and the National Commission on Violence against Women on Tuesday, commission chairwoman Yuniyanti Chuzaifah proposed that candidates should not have any record of abusing women and were not polygamists.