Indonesia bans local branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir
Indonesia’s government yesterday banned the local branch of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, rejecting criticism from rights groups that the move was undemocratic. The government said it revoked the license of Hizb utTahrir Indonesia (HTI) because the group conducted activities that were against the state ideology. Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for Islamic law and wants to unify all Muslims into a caliphate, has been operating for decades in Indonesia and has tens of thousands of followers. “With HTI’s legal status revoked, the group is therefore disbanded,” the justice ministry said in a statement. HTI said it would challenge the decision. “This is a true form of abuse by the government against its own citizens,” HTI spokesman Ismail Yusanto said.