Government asked to add ‘intolerant' bylaws to annulment list
The Jakarta Post
The government should annul discriminative and intolerant bylaws, not only those seen to be hampering economic growth, rights watchdog Setara Institute has stated.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that his administration had scrapped 3,143 of a total of 3,266 problematic bylaws for contradicting higher regulations, promoting intolerance or deterring investment. However, there have been no details of the annulled bylaws.
“Does the annulment include 21 discriminative regional regulations that have been evaluated by the Home Ministry, another 365 that have been evaluated by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and 53 discriminative and religion-based bylaws that have been reported by the Setara Institute?” Ismail Hasani, the institute’s research director, said on Monday.
Ismail said the annulment showed that regional administrations had low legislative quality. Moreover, the central government has failed to supervise and prevent those administrations from issuing problematic bylaws, he added.
According to the Setara Institute, the government has annulled at least 7,029 bylaws since 2002, including 2,246 during the 2002-2009 period and 1,501 during the 2010-2014 period. (vps/dmr)
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