KPAI urges govt to decide who gets custody of orphaned children of IS affiliates

first_img“If the closest relatives cannot take care of them, the children must be adopted by another family, or put under the state’s custody if no one can take them,” Retno went on to say.Citing data from the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD previously said that some 689 Indonesians had been identified as IS sympathizers in Syria and Turkey, as well as other countries.Read also: Why Indonesia should bring IS families back homeAccording to the data, some 228 people still hold identification as Indonesian citizens while others do not have proper documents to prove their citizenship. Indonesian authorities have previously suggested that most of the Indonesian IS supporters were women and children. While asserting that the government banned Indonesian affiliates of IS from returning to Indonesia, President Joko “Jokowi” said the government was mulling a plan to bring home orphans under 10 years old.“But so far we still don’t know if there are any,” Jokowi said recently.Retno expressed appreciation for the President’s willingness to bring orphans back to Indonesia, but criticized his decision to limit the age to those under 10 years old.“According to the 2014 law on child protection, anyone below the age of 18 is considered a child,” Retno said. (hol)Topics : The government must decide who will take care of the orphaned children of Indonesian nationals who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria when they return to Indonesia, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has said.“The government must decide who will get custody of these children when they arrive in Indonesia,” KPAI commissioner Retno Listyarti said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.She added the government was obliged to put the children in the custody of their closest relatives according to Government Regulation (PP) No. 44/2017 on foster care for children.last_img read more

INDOT kicks off roadside mowing campaign

first_imgAurora, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation personnel met with a representative of Olco Inc. this week at Seymour District offices to discuss schedules for full-width mowing along state highway right-of-ways this spring/summer.  The Batesville contractor plans to begin first-cycle mowing operations in May under three roadside maintenance contracts that total $575,726.Indiana’s right-of-way mowing is slated to start in the INDOT Falls City subdistrict region, then move to Madison and Aurora subdistrict regions.Olco will mow, trim and remove litter along 266 miles of Indiana highways within the Falls City region—which includes these routes in Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Washington Counties:  State Roads 3, 11, 60, 62, Old 62, 64, 111, 135, Old 160, 211, 335, 337 and 462—and U.S. Highways 31 and 150.First-cycle mowing operations will then move to 430 miles of state highways within the Madison subdistrict area—which include these routes in Clark, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland and Washington Counties:  State Roads 3, 7, 39, Old 39, 56, 60, 62, 135, 160, 203, 250, 256, 335, 356 and 362—and U.S. Highways 31, 50 and 421.Finally, 420 miles of highways within the Aurora subdistrict area will be mowed and trimmed—including these routes in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland Counties:  State Roads 1, Old 1, 46, 48, 56, 62, 101, 129, 148, 229, 250, 252, 262, 350 and Old 350—and U.S. Highways 50, 52 and 421.INDOT officials advise motorist to be alert for tractors/mowers, vehicles and workers entering and leaving roadside areas.last_img read more