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Jokowi asked to delay issuance of Perpres on TNI against terrorism

Tempo - December 1, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to postpone the enactment of the Presidential Regulation Draft on the military or TNI task in countering terrorism acts.

KontraS Deputy Coordinator, Rivanlee Anandar, said that the government should first audit and evaluate the ongoing terrorism mitigation efforts that involved the TNI.

"Such as the Tinombala Task Force, given that the operation involves the National Police and the TNI," Rivanlee told Tempo on Monday, Nov. 30.

The evaluation is necessary to reveal the strength, weakness, opportunity, threat of the policy, he argued. The Tinombala Task Force has been under the public spotlight following the recent attack case in Lembantongoa, Sigi, Central Sulawesi.

The government informed that the incident was carried out by a terror group East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) led by Ali Kalora, which is the operational target of the Tinombala Task Force in Central Sulawesi.

"If the draft deliberation is resumed, the room for handling terror acts by the TNI through the function of deterrence, suppression, and recovery will be similar as giving the military a blank and dangerous check," said Rivanlee.

Human Rights and Security Researcher from Setara Institute, Ikhsan Yosarie, shared the same statement with Rivanlee. He argued that the government of President Jokowi needs to pay attention to the massive discussion discourse on the draft policy and accommodate public suggestions.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1410420/jokowi-asked-to-delay-issuance-of-perpres-on-tni-against-terroris