Thursday, 12 December 2019

House will Invite Civil Groups to Discuss Criminal Code Bill



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The House of Representatives (DPR) planned to invite several civil society groups to a discussion regarding the criminal code bill (RKUHP).

    A member of the House’s Legal Commission, Masinton Pasaribu, said the legislative body wanted to collect suggestions for the evaluation of 14 controversial articles of the bill.

    “We will hold a hearing with the public later, ask for inputs that will be noted in the explanatory article,” said Masinton at Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday, November 6.

    The other commission member Arsul Sani previously conveyed a similar statement. Arsul explained that the House was scheduling a meeting agenda with civil society groups.

    “It could be a seminar, FGD, or public discussion. According to Pak Herman Hery (the Commission head), this is dissemination,” said Arsul on Tuesday.

    However, Masinton and Arsul shared the same view to limit the revision of the law to the explanation part. They did not agree on the evaluation of the article substances or legal politics.

    A researcher at the Center for Indonesian Law and Policy Studies (PSHK) Agil Oktarial, meanwhile, criticized the limitation. Agil opined that the House was just looking for a reason to pass the criminal code bill that had been agreed earlier.

    “That is their reason to close the public room so the revised law would not be changed, especially on the controversial articles,” Agil told Tempo, Tuesday, November 5.