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No set plan to ban other organizations: Minister

Jakarta Post - August 3, 2017

Jakarta Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly has said the government has no plan at this point to disband other mass organizations after it banned Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) for being against Pancasila state ideology on July 19.

Laoly said on Thursday that although the police had indicated that other organizations could share the same fate, it could not be done without sufficient evidence.

The HTI was disbanded following the issuance of Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No.2/2017 on mass organizations.

Earlier, National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul said two or three mass organizations had been reported for being anti-Pancasila.

"The National Police said they found some indications. We will first examine the reports. We hope with all of these, we will be really committed to protecting this nation together. Our state ideology is clear Pancasila. The form of our country, namely the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, is clear as well. We must protect them," said Yasonna as quoted by Antara at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

He re-asserted that there was no definite plan to disband other mass organizations. "Just wait and see. We will do it one by one. We will first examine them," he said.

Perppu No.2/2017 was issued as the government considered Law No.17/2013 on mass organizations inadequate to prevent the spread of ideologies that were contrary to Pancasila and the Constitution. The Perppu gives the government the power to disband any organization without due process. (saf/ebf)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/03/no-set-plan-to-ban-other-organizations-minister.html.

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