A Muslim supporter of the Indonesian section of the pan-Islamic organisation Hizbut Tahrir holds a flag in the road during a protest against this week's visit by US President Barack Obama at the US embassy in Jakarta on Nov. 7, 2010.

A step against rising radicalism or people's political rights?

Adelia Anjani Putri   08 May 2017 15:45

The government has just announced that it will seek ways to disband radical Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia.

The plan was announced by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto this afternoon during a press conference at the ministry’s headquarter in Jakarta.

Wiranto said the plan was based on President Joko Widodo’s concern in rising radical and intolerant groups within the society.

“We have been through a long process to study the thousands, even hundreds of thousands, civil organizations in Indonesia. We want them to stay in the corridors set by the Law on Civil Organizations regarding their values, characteristics and goals — that have to be in line with Indonesia’s ideology of Pancasila,” Wiranto said.

“That’s why this afternoon we’re announcing the result of the study we’ve done on Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI.

“First of all, as a legal civil organization, HTI hasn’t taken a positive part in the development process to achieve the national goals. Second, their activities are indicated to be against the values and goals of Pancasila, which were stated in Law No. 17/2013 on Civil Organizations.”

Wiranto added that HTI’s activities have also created ‘collisions’ among the people that threaten national safety and public order.

“This decision does not mean the government is against Islamic organizations. We just want to guard Indonesia’s unity, based on Pancasila and the constitution.”

Neither Wiranto nor Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly and National Police Chief Tito Karnavian who were also in attendance said further about the plan or the timeline of the disbandment.

Wiranto only promised that the disbandment will go through a proper legal process through the court. 

“We’ll go through one of the courts, so it will be fair,” he said.  “But this process has to be done so we can prevent the seeds that can threaten public safety and order.”

HTI has long been a source of controversy, especially regarding their vision of making Indonesia an Islamic state.

Previously, former Sports and Youth Minister Adhyaksa Dault was under fire when a video of him expressing support for khilafah —ancient Islamic way of government — during an HTI event in 2013 went viral. 

About Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia

Hizb-ut Tahrir or better known as Hizbut Tahrir in Indonesia is an international Islamic political organisation. Originally established in 1953 in Palestine as a Sunni Muslim organization in Jerusalem by Syaikh Taqiuddin al-Nabhani rahimahullah, the organisation aims to the re-establishment of the Islamic Khilafah or Islamic State.

The movement then was introduced in Indonesia in 1983 by Abdur-Rahman al-Baghdadi. The country soon became the strongest base of the group. Hizbut Tahrir demands to restore the Islamic Law, replacing the country's current system of law that, according to them, is not in accordance with the Islamic Law and has been influenced by western ideology.

Reactions towards the plan

Meanwhile, in social media, people have different reaction towards the government's plan to disband HTI. While many are thankful and support the decision, some are pessimistic that the plan will have a real effect, as the disbandment will not dissolve HTI's ideology. Some also worry that the disbandment will be the first step of government's interference in people's right to convene.

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