Indonesia bans lo­cal branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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