Pres­i­dent Wi­dodo takes aim at rad­i­cal groups

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama / On Our Minds This Month -

In­done­sian Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo re­cently used new reg­u­la­tions to dis­band Hizbut Tahrir, an or­gan­i­sa­tion ac­cused of “anti-Pan­casila” ide­ol­ogy – prompt­ing se­ri­ous ques­tions about ex­ec­u­tive over­reach in the fight against ter­ror. Bonar Tigor Naipospos, deputy chair­man of the Se­tara In­sti­tute for Democ­racy and Peace, said the na­tion was strug­gling to find a bal­ance be­tween fight­ing ex­trem­ism and pre­serv­ing demo­cratic val­ues. “If the [con­sti­tu­tional] court is re­ally bas­ing their de­ci­sion on hu­man rights prin­ci­ples, they will re­ject the new reg­u­la­tions,” he said. “But this will be more com­pli­cated. Be­cause on one side, it will give the rad­i­cal or ex­trem­ist groups more con­fi­dence. That’s a dilemma that we face now in In­done­sia.”

An In­done­sian man protests against Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo’

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