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Gov't Seeks to Revise Law to Simplify Banning of Radical Groups


NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Jakarta. The government is planning to amend the 2013 Law on Mass Organizations to simplify the process of banning groups it considers a threat to national security.

Possible revisions were discussed by Chief Security Minister Wiranto, Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, Attorney General M. Prasetyo and State Intelligence Agency chief Gen. Budi Gunawan in Jakarta on Tuesday (29/11).

Soedarmo, director general of politics and general government at the Ministry of Home Affairs, said the revisions will help counter the emergence of radical groups.

He stated that under the existing law, dissolving an organization is too difficult and time-consuming.

"In accordance with the current regulation, we must issue three warning letters before we proceed with complicated steps to disband [an organization]. At least one month is needed between the warning letters. It's too complicated," Soedarmo told reporters.

He added that the meeting of ministers was not related to a planned mass prayer at the National Monument in Central Jakarta on Friday, expected to be attended by more than 150,000 people.

"The planned revision is a preventive measure to create a proper legal basis for prosecuting those who violate the regulation," Soedarmo said.