End Shackling in Indonesia

In 2016, Human Rights Watch exposed the shackling of 18,000 people with psychosocial disabilities in Indonesia. Since then the government took promising steps to rescue people from chains while raising awareness and providing services. However, today, more than 12,800 people are still shackled—to beds, cement blocks, or in animal pens. Help end shackling once and for all by calling on the Indonesian government to monitor and end the practice of shackling inside institutions.


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Copy and paste the following message on the Indonesian Ombudsman's Facebook page by commenting or sending a message:

12,800 people with mental health conditions remain shackled in #Indonesia, despite a 40+ year government ban. It’s time for the government to monitor all institutions and #BreakTheChains to end shackling now! https://www.hrw.org/breakthechains


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Indonesia: Shackling Reduced, But Persists

The Indonesian government has taken important steps to end the practice of shackling people with mental health conditions, Human Rights Watch said today. But many people remain locked up in institutions instead of being able to live in the community. 


© 2018 Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch

© 2018 Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch


© 2018 Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch

© 2018 Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch

Further Reading

An Indonesian Childhood in Chains
Let People With Mental Illness Live in Dignity, Not in Shackles
Dispatches: Turning the Tide on Shackling in Indonesia
Indonesia: Treating Mental Health With Shackles
Living in Hell