DPR committed to accelerating discussion phase of anti-terror bill

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR) Setya Novanto affirmed his commitment to speeding up the discussion phase of the anti-terror bill, as requested by President Joko Widodo.

“This is our intention, and of course, we will go through further processes as soon as possible,” he said at the DPRs Nusantara II Building on Tuesday.

The Special Committee for the Revision of Law No. 15 of 2003 on Anti-Terrorism continues to focus on finalizing the revision under the coordination of DPRs high-ranking officials.

Novanto believes the committee is working hard to finalize the bill by seeking inputs from various parties, so that a lawsuit is not filed in the Constitutional Court.

“To this end, the DPR must be careful but still carry it out constructively,” he said.

The DPR and government have common interests to eliminate terrorism, as it poses a serious threat to the country.

Speaking in connection with the presidents suggestion to involve the military (TNI) in acts to combat terrorism, Novanto clarified that the special committee is still seeking more inputs to integrate the working of the TNI and the police (Polri).

“We do not want any overlapping performance between the TNI and Polri,” he explained.

The special committee is targeting to revise Law No. 15 of 2003 on Terrorism Crime before November following the bomb attack at Kampung Melayu, Jakarta, last week.

“Right now, we are in the problem compiling list phase by the special committee and government. Due to the Kampung Melayu bomb attack, we would speed up the process, and it is scheduled to be completed before November 2017,” one of the members of the Terrorism Special Committee Bobby Rizaldy stated in Jakarta on Monday (May 29).

He noted that the committee is eyeing to complete the revision of the law to strengthen the process of detection and prevention of terrorism, which is regarded as a violation of human rights.

According to Rizaldy, it appears simple yet there are technical issues that need to be streamlined in terms of structure, synchronization, and harmonization of the law in question. Moreover, the law that states 30 days confinement in place of seven days is viewed by the public as a violation of human rights.

He also said that if children are involved in terrorism, such cases would come under the Law of Child Lawsuit or Lex specialist.

“We have not witnessed the coordination, as this law has not enlisted the tasks, matter, and function as well as the National Terrorism Prevention Bodys authority that has not formed in accordance with the law,” he added.

According to Rizaldy, the revised part will need reference studies and the opinion of the public and stakeholders.

Currently, the reviews are being examined by the committee along with the government institutions, such as the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Police Department, High Court, and the Army.

Source: Antara News