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Govt, House accused of 'legislative crime'

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya  and Ghina Galiya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 19, 2019   /  08:39 am
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Standing up for their rights: Marchers, who attended the 2019 Women’s March Jakarta at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Saturday, get their message across. Among the main demands of the participants are gender equality and the eradication of sexual violence. They also called on the government to pass the sexual violence eradication bill into law.(The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando )

The government and the House of Representatives are being accused of having colluded to pass controversial bills in the last months of their tenure, bills that have been criticized for violating citizen rights and endangering the fight against graft.   Center for Indonesian Law and Policy Studies (PSHK) researcher Agil Oktaryal said the government and lawmakers are committing "legislative crime", which is how he refers to the maneuvers to rapidly pass certain laws in order to accommodate political deals that they have made before the start of the second term of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the inauguration of the new members of the legislative bodies. Agil added that the passage of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law amendment, after having been stalled for years, resulted from a political trade-off over the passing of another amendme...