With the fall of Suharto, the following Reformasi period and the requirements of international norms, the Criminal Procedure Code (KUHAP) is no longer believed as adequate for a modern Indonesia. Indonesia has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) as well as other instruments, according to which provisions under the KUHAP need to be brought in line with international human rights standards and principles. For this reason, a process of revising the current KUHAP has been initiated in 2001, and is still to conclude. This report looks at aspects of detention, access to legal counsel and other considerations that relate to human rights violations, in particular torture.

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