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Academic community to pledge war on radical ideologies

Jakarta Post - October 5, 2017

Safrin La Batu, Jakarta Wary about the spread of radical and intolerant ideologies on campuses, students and lecturers from universities nationwide are set to make a simultaneous declaration against radical ideologies on Youth Pledge Day on Oct. 28.

The declarations will be made simultaneously at universities in all 34 provinces. Around 4.5 million students, lecturers and academicians will take part in the event, according to the organizing committee.

"This movement is aimed at revitalizing the younger generation's commitment to be a constructive element of this nation," HM Shirozi, the rector of Raden Fatah Islamic State University in Palembang, South Sumatra, said on Thursday.

"We want to emphasize that universities and the academic community support national unity. And we are against radicalism," he added.

The government has declared a war on radical ideologies deemed to be against the state ideology of Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo issued in July a regulation in lieu of law granting his administration to disband radical organizations without due process.

The first organization banned by the government was Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), which had fought for the creation of a transnational Islamic caliphate.

Shirozi said the declaration would be followed up with measures to tackle the spread of radicalism in universities, however he said such move would be made independently by each university.

Jokowi met with some 3,000 university leaders in Bali on Sept. 25, on the occasion of which they shared issues related to radical and intolerant ideologies. (ary)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/05/academic-community-to-pledge-war-on-radical-ideologies.html.

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