Anti-Terrorism Law Revisions

In the wake of several shocking terrorist attacks in East Java and Riau this month, the government is proposing a series of long-delayed revisions to the Anti-Terrorism Law (RUU Anti-Terror) which will allow police to hold suspects for up to 221 days before being charged, pave the way for the involvement of the military and broaden the definition of terrorism.

Human rights activists however say the revision may restrict freedom of expression and association and be used to criminalise activist groups and government critics noting that the current law is more than adequate and what is needed is more efforts at prevention and deradicalisation.

Kompas - May 16, 2018