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Government plans to ban other 'anti-Pancasila' groups

Jakarta Post - August 10, 2017

Jakarta Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has said that his ministry is coordinating with the police and regional administrations to disband more mass organizations considered against the state ideology Pancasila.

The move comes following the government's controversial disbandment of Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) on July 19.

"Because [many organizations] are at the provincial level, we are coordinating with the local administrations to gather evidence and documents that indicate certain organizations being against Pancasila," Tjahjo said on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.

However, he did not specify which organizations were suspected of carrying out activities or of being founded on principles that contravened the state ideology.

Before filing any proposal to disband the organizations under suspicion, the government would monitor their movements, Tjahjo added. "[We] need to look closer at them, with supporting data and evidences," he added.

Earlier on Aug. 3, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly claimed that the government did not have any plans to disband more organizations after it had disbanded HTI.

The government disbanded the HTI last month through the issuance of a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on mass organizations, which President Joko Widodo signed on July 11.

The Perppu has been criticized for limiting the people's freedom of assembly. Several petitions for a judicial review that challenge the Perppu have been filed with the Constitutional Court. (yon/bbs)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/10/govt-plans-to-ban-other-anti-pancasila-groups.html.

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