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Justice Minister says new powers to ban organisations won't just be used against HTI

Arrahmah News - July 12, 2017

Jakarta – Justice and Human Rights Minister (Menkumham) Yasonna Laoly says that the new Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) on Social Organisations (Ormas) is not just intended for the Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).

According to Laoly, there is more than one social organisation that is against the state ideology of Pancasila that will be banned through the Perppu.

"No way, how could it be just one", said Laoly at the House of Representatives (DPR) building in Senayan, Jakarta, on Wednesday July 12.

Laoly said that Coordinating Minister for Security, Political and Legal Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Wiranto would be explaining the Perppu in detail. "It will be announced later by Pak Menko, it's Pak Menko's job to speak about it", he explained.

Laoly also outlined the government's reasons for issuing the Perppu rather than pursuing legal means to ban a social organisation.

"Because the old Law on Social Organisations makes it almost impossible to us to carry out a ban like that. It's very difficult. We can't just leave it as is until something unpleasant happens in the future", he said.

Laoly denied that the government is afraid of losing in court if it pursues legal channels to ban an organisation. "It's not like that. We listened to all the experts. Later Pak Menko will announce it", he said.

Laoly is also sure that the Perppu Ormas will be upheld by the DPR later". "I'm absolutely certain", he concluded. [ARN]

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Menkumham: Perpu 2/17 Akan Bubarkan Lebih dari Satu Ormas Bukan Hanya HTI.]

Source: https://arrahmahnews.com/2017/07/12/menkumham-perpu-217-akan-bubarkan-lebih-dari-satu-ormas-bukan-hanya-hti/.

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