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Plan to expand military role in fight against terrorism raises red flag, again

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, May 14, 2020   /  04:47 pm
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Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel prepare to continue Operation Tinombala in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on April 6, 2016.(thejakartapost.com/Ruslan Sangadji)

The government has proposed a new regulation to allow greater military involvement in curbing terrorism but which lacks clear accountability, much to the concern of analysts who view it as a move that may lead to a repressive approach by the Indonesian Military (TNI). The presidential regulation (Perpres) to specify such a role is mandated by the 2018 Terrorism Law, which already allows the TNI to combat terrorism through military operations other than war — but not in detail. The draft Perpres, a copy of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates the TNI’s three main roles, namely the prevention of terrorism, enforcement measures that allow the use of force and deradicalization efforts. It also grants TNI the authority to conduct intelligence and territorial operations as part of the prevention measures. It outlines several terrorism scenarios that allo...