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One of the main concerns of refugees while they stay in Indonesia is regarding their rights to legally marry and divorce, be it with an Indonesian spouse or other country of origins. SUAKA has been receiving many requests of information, as well as consultation on marriage and divorce cases. The same requests have also been addressed to the paralegals who have been trained by SUAKA back in 2019.

That is the reason why we chose Marriage Law in Indonesia to be the initial RLWS #1 topic. The webinar series will be conducted on Monday, 28th of September 2020, at 18:00 – 20:00 WIB

Read More on how to join this webinar.

The right to marry and to find a family are contained in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, in Indonesia, asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons are often unable to fulfil the bureaucratic requirements for marriage, yet the facts that problems on marriage and divorce among refugee communities are apparent in Indonesia. Their country of origin may not be able to issue the documentation required; they may be afraid to approach authorities from their country of origin to request such documentation; or they may not have been able to travel with a valid passport or enter Indonesia on a valid visa.

Female refugees are often become the most impacted in marriage and divorce case of refugees. For instance, SUAKA have received various protection requests from female refugees who experienced sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in their household while staying in Indonesia which caused the request for divorce. This first webinar series will discuss about the law on marriage and divorce for refugees in Indonesia, as well as protection concern that might arise on said topic.

This Webinar series are targeted for refugees in Indonesia. However, member of the public who want to understand the topics, also welcome to participate as observers. The meeting can only admit 100 participants, with the system first come first in, for those of you who are not able to join the meeting, you can still watch through LBH Jakarta YouTube Channel.

The ZOOM link will be provided after you register your participation at http://bit.ly/webinarsuaka


Ratnaning Wulandari, S.H., M.H., MMIArb. (Indonesian Lawyer and Mediator) and Shaila Tieken (Researcher and Member of SUAKA) will be the source persons of this webinar.

Facilitator: Hussain Dad Sharifi (Member of Jakarta Bersatu Project (JBP)

Arabic Interpreter: Ahmed Mustafa Abumanga

(due to time and technical limitation, we can only accommodate one language interpretation at a time. SUAKA is mindful on the inclusivity principle and will find ways to accommodate other languages as well)