Jakarta – Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) Executive Director Alghiffari Aqsa says that Government Regulation in Lieu of Law Number 2/2017 on Revisions to Law Number 17/2013 on Social Organisations or Perppu Ormas is prone to misuse by the government.
Alghiffari suspects that the government will arbitrarily stigmatise social organisations deemed to be against the state ideology of Pancasila, not just Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), but other social organisations as well.
The issuance of the Perppu Ormas, said Alghiffari, also has the potential to threaten organisations that have been critical of the government. Especially the LBH Jakarta which often handles cases and provides advocacy to protect the rights of groups that are deemed enemies of the state.
“With this Perppu the LBH could be threatened. In the sense that we are often stigmatised as supporter of communists and separatists”, said Alghiffari in the Menteng area of Central Jakarta on Saturday July 15.
Alghiffari is also concerned that the Perppu Ormas will violate freedom of association and human rights. Not just for the HTI, which is repeatedly referred to as an anti-Pancasila organisation, but other social organisations as well.
“And anyone labeled as being anti-Pancasila (under the Perppu Ormas) or supporting separatism will be eliminated”, concluded Alghiffari.
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Perppu Ormas Terbit, Ini yang Dikhawatirkan LBH Jakarta.]