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Jakarta Post

A mass or nonprofit organization bill?

  • Pahala Nainggolan

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 11 2013   /  12:04 pm

After several postponements and fierce criticism, a bill drafted for mass organization will be legalized this month. Societal dynamics mean that Law No. 8/1985 on mass organizations is no longer adequate for accommodating and guaranteeing the freedom to establish a union, to congregate and to express opinions as stated in the 1945 Constitution.

There are suspicions that the bill contains strong elements of control. The government is of the opinion that the bill is needed in a practical sense, including for enforcing order in relation to the conduct of mass organizations, which often cause societal disturbances. The bill is expected to provide a legal basis for enforcing order.

The bill has lost two basic aspects needed for a law. First, it fails to capture societal dynamics and second, it lacks a focus on the accountability of organizations to society.

At present, th...