Human rights organizations have strongly condemned An Indonesian government’s regulation that allows the country’s president to disband religious and civil society organizations without a right of appeal.
Joko Widodo issued a regulation in lieu of law — a measure to allow groups to be disallowed if they work against Pancasila, the state ideology which promotes diversity and pluralism.
There are concerns the measure is anti-democratic because the organizations can now be banned without court or parliamentary approval.
In announcing the measure, Indonesia’s Security Minister, General Wiranto, insisted it was not an attack against Islamic organizations, and urged people to remain clam.
Announced Wednesday, the newly revised law is the latest shot in the ongoing war between Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s administration and the hardline Islamic groups which have plagued his presidency in recent years.
The new decree, which revises a previous law from 2013, removes the need for court approval when disbanding an organization, and introduces criminal penalties for disobeying the law, including long periods in prison, according to local reports.
The measure is known as a Perppu, a way of providing legal coverage while laws are developed. Indonesia’s security minister said some groups are a national threat, and current laws are inadequate