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UNODC's First Talk Series in 2010

Jakarta (Indonesia), 17 February 2010 - "You already know enough. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusion and take concrete action." Were the words of Mr. Yunus Husein, the first speaker of 2010 in UNODC talk series on fighting corruption in Indonesia.

Since 2009, UNODC has been organizing its "Talk Series on Indonesia's Fight against Corruption". This monthly talk series was aimed at analyzing the current status of the laws, institutions, and public participation in the fight against corruption. Since corruption is extensive in scope, each of the talks during the year covered different areas related to the fight against corruption. A total of ten talks have been held in 2009, which were delivered by eminent individuals involved in the forefront of the fight against corruption in Indonesia.

The first talk series of 2010 was held on 8 February 2010 at the United Nations office in Jakarta. The topic for this talk was "Combating Judicial Mafia in Indonesia" and the first prestigious keynote speaker was Mr. Yunus Husein, head of PPATK (Indonesian FIU). Mr. Yunus also recently joined the new Indonesian anti-judicial mafia Task Force Team, a team formed to combat mafia and corruption in the judicial system.

"The practice of judicial mafia in Indonesia leads to collusion and corruption that significantly weakens the authority of the justice sector such as the police, prosecutors, court and the society. It hinders people's access to substantive justice and it also fuels widespread public suspicion and cynicism concerning the enforcement agency's role and function which in turn decreases the public trust. Even worst, it destroys the investment and business's climate", said Mr. Yunus.

Fifty people attended actively this event, including representatives from local and foreign government institutions, civil societies, donor communities, universities and the media. The talk was followed by a lively question and answer session for over one hour. Several participants expressed their opinions on the topic and also posed questions to Mr. Yunus.