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Police investigate mass organizations believed to be 'anti-Pancasila'

Jakarta Post - July 21, 2017

Jakarta – The National Police are investigating a number of organizations believed to be acting against the state ideology of Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution, a day after the government banned Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).

"There are some organizations [suspected of acting against the Pancasila]. We are investigating them," said National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto as reported by Antara.

Signed on July 10, presidential regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No.2/2017 on Mass Organizations gives the government the power to disband an organization without due process and prohibits any organization to adopt and spread an ideology contradicting Pancasila.

Police are communicating with the Law and Human Rights Ministry and the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Ministry in their investigation into the organizations.

On Wednesday, the government banned HTI, an organization that aims to establish a global Islamic caliphate, claiming its actions were not in line with Pancasila – the foundation of Indonesia's pluralistic society.

Rights activists consider the move "undemocratic" and threatened the freedom of assembly and association.

Amnesty International Indonesia chairman Usman Hamid said banning HTI would instead push some of its most conservative members to join extreme, violent groups operating underground, and this would eventually bring further threats to the country. (saf/ebf)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/21/police-investigate-mass-organizations-believed-to-be-anti-pancasila.html