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Muslim scholar group backs court process for HTI ban

  • Margareth S. Aritonang
    Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, May 15, 2017 | 04:27 pm
Muslim scholar group backs court process for HTI ban Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto (center), accompanied by Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, announces the government's decision to take legal action to ban hardline Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in a press conference on May 8. (Kompas.com/File)

Joining other supporters of the dismissal of anti-Pancasila groups, the Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI) said on Monday that it supported the government’s plan to ban Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) through a court process.

ICMI chairman Jimly Asshiddiqie said the association supported the government because HTI’s aspiration for an Islamic caliphate contradicted the country's ideology of Pancasila, but the group said the state's decision to do so should be based on justice and impartiality.

“The most important thing is to give HTI the opportunity to explain itself to the public. Thus, a transparent and fair court process must take place in order to give political education to people,” Jimly said in a statement. “The government can also openly provide its argumentation for the ban”.

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Jimly further called for the government to apply the same procedure to other organizations that promoted values contravening the state’s ideology. “The constitution has clearly guaranteed the freedom to assemble. Everyone can set up an organization as long as it complies with the constitution”. 

The 2013 Law on Mass Organization allows the government to disband an organization that it considers against the state ideology, but the government should follow certain procedures, including a court process. (wit)

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