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Government to ban violent, anti-Pancasila mass organizations: Minister

Jakarta Post - January 19, 2017

Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta – The government plans to expand the definition of an anti-Pancasila mass organization in its effort to discipline groups that do not clearly state values that violate the state ideology but nevertheless take actions that harm public order, says a minister.

Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly said Thursday the government planned to include violent and radical groups in the category of mass organizations that were against Pancasila and that should be banned in the country.

"The existing law bans groups that promote, among other things, Leninist and communist values as they conflict with the values of Pancasila, but there are more values that are against Pancasila," Yasonna said on the sidelines of a meeting at the House of Representatives.

"Therefore we will expand the definition of anti-Pancasila in the revision because groups that are violent and destructive to the nation also violate Pancasila," he emphasized.

Yasonna said the government expects to start discussing the revision later this year. However, he said he cannot provide further details, arguing that the process is still ongoing, but he made assurances that his office will submit a draft revision sooner in order for it to be included in the national legislation program (prolegnas).

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/19/government-to-ban-violent-anti-pancasila-mass-organizations-minister.html