The government recently submitted a draft of a presidential regulation (Perpres) on the involvement of military forces in the country’s fight against terrorism to the House of Representatives. The proposal shows the government’s intention to continue the militarization of counterterrorism in the country.
Controversy about the role of the Indonesian military (TNI) in counterterrorism has been ongoing since mid-2019. When the older draft of the current Perpres (dated April 18, 2019) circulated, it received strong criticism as it potentially endangered democracy and human rights in Indonesia. In addition, the older draft violated Law No. 5/2018 on antiterrorism and Law No. 34/2004 on the TNI.
The new draft is still not free of problems. Some of its content may undercut the country’s fight against terrorism. First, it grants “deterrence&r...
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