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New anti-Islamist law in Indonesia faces severe criticism

  • Indonesian Government has passed a new decree whereby the President would be able to disperse civil society and religious organizations without any right to appeal whatsoever. As may be expected with such a proclamation, human rights organizations have come down heavily on the same. The law was announced on July 12 and happens to have been revised of late. It can also be interpreted as the latest development in the battle between the administration headed by President Joko Widodo and the extremist Islamic groups that have continued to create problems for him in the recent years.

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