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TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Justice Minister Amir Syamsudin has said early this week that Indonesia is mulling over and studying the possibilities of putting a freeze on Greenpeace Indonesia’s license to operate here, reportedly due to various violations, according to a report by the state Antara news agency.
"We will check the stages for it. We hope the bill on mass organizations could give the answer. In essence foreign organizations must submit to [and follow] laws effective in our country," Amir said. He admitted that Greenpeace campaign in Indonesia had often hurt businesses within the nation.
"Their campaign activities have often hurt businesses in our country. We can say they have overdosed. Now we are studying whether their activities have been conducted due to business competition [interests]. Let us just wait," he said.
The Antara reported further quoted him as stating that he also had an impression that the organization had also carried foreign interests. "We must not be afraid. We will see if enough violations have been done for us to freeze it," he said. Before former director general of legal administration, Prof Romli Atmasasmita, said that the Ministry of Justice could freeze the organization and revoked its license.
He said "it is registered in the ministry. So it is the minister of justice who is able to revoke its license," he added. The director of social culture of the International Organization of Developing Countries of the Directorate General of Multi-Cultural Affairs of the ministry of foreign affairs, Arko Hananto, said that according to him the foreign non-governmental organization which is headquartered in the Netherlands has clearly violated the regulation because it has received foreign funds without permit and has never reported it to the government. "The sanction for a foreign NGO that is proven violating the rule is clear namely revocation of its permit," he said. He said Greenpeace Indonesia has received foreign funds without reporting it to the government, namely from Greenpeace SEA Foundation totaling Rp1.2 billion in 2009 and Rp1.7 billion in 2010. ****