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New antiterror policy sparks fears of witch hunt

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 18, 2021   /  08:37 am
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Security officers dismantle signage belonging to the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) as they close down the hard-line group's headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, on Dec. 30, 2020, after its official disbandment by the government. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The government has issued a presidential regulation that will enable people to watch and report individuals and acts of violent extremism and terrorism in their neighborhoods, a move that rights activists have cautioned could lead to wrongful arrests and division among the public.      President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed on Jan. 6 Presidential Regulation No. 7/2021 on a national action plan containing strategies to mitigate violent extremism that could lead to terrorism. According to a copy obtained by The Jakarta Post, the regulation provides broad guidelines for government institutions to run the action plan with the people, including a plan to train residents under a community policing program. “Participants of the community policing training program will support violent extremism and terrorism prevention efforts,” the regulation ...