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Jakarta Post

FPI's future in question as permit expires

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 21, 2019   /  10:09 am
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Members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) crowd an Ahmadiyah mosque in Depok, West Java. (JP/Bagas Rahadian)

The Islam Defender’s Front’s (FPI) permit as a mass organization expired on Thursday, with the Home Ministry yet to approve an extension amid growing calls from the public for the government to disband the hardline group infamous for its religiously motivated violence. The Home Ministry’s director for mass organizations, Lutfi, said his office had not received a request for a permit extension from the FPI as of Thursday, but did not rule out the possibility that the group could still submit an application. “It is their right as a mass organization to decide whether to request a permit extension or not. The Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that mass organizations are not required to register with the government. However, unregistered organizations won’t be facilitated by the government,” Lutfi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Registered...