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Indonesia: New Task Force to Monitor Foreigners

(Jan. 13, 2017) On January 6, 2017, Indonesia’s government announced a plan to revise its current method of oversight of foreigners in the country. Due to concern that foreigners may enter Indonesia and pursue goals other than those for which they were granted entry, the administration will establish a task force that would track the movements […]

Indonesia: Rules Eased on Who Can Buy Land for Infrastructure Projects

(Jan. 6, 2017) On December 2, 2016, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a presidential regulation that eases existing rules on the acquisition of land for infrastructure projects.  In the past, only the central and regional governments could acquire land for the projects, but budget limitations often delayed infrastructure development.  (Govt Now Allows SOEs, Private Sectors […]

Indonesia: Official Support for Fatwa Banning Christmas-Themed Clothing

(Dec. 28, 2016) On December 14, 2016, the Indonesian Ulama Council, a group of Muslim scholars from a number of Islamic organizations, issued a religious ruling, a fatwa, advising Muslims not to wear Christmas-themed clothing.  While urging respect for the rights of Christians to wear attire such as Santa hats, the document said that it […]

Indonesia: Several People Arrested for Alleged Treason

(Dec. 13, 2016) On December 2, 2016, Indonesian police arrested 11 individuals, on charges that they committed treason by trying to create a movement to overthrow the government.  Eight of the accused were released the next day, but three remain in detention.  (Moses Ompusunggu, Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, & Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jokowi Treason Arrests Questioned, […]

Indonesia: Rule of Law Reform Proposed

(Dec. 6, 2016) On October 11, 2016, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced an overhaul of the legal system, with the aim of ending corruption and improving rule of law.  He called for far-reaching legal reform to improve service to the public and reduce distrust.  He also said that a strong legal system is “crucial for […]

Indonesia: Revised Information Law Controversial

(Nov. 2, 2016) On October 27, 2016, Indonesia’s House of Representatives adopted a revision of the 2008 Law on Electronic Information and Transactions. The amended Law is now awaiting action by President Joko Widodo to put it into effect. (ITE Law Draft Revision Passed into Law, JAKARTA POST (Oct. 27, 2016); Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor […]

Indonesia: Child Protection Law Revised

(Oct. 25, 2016) On October 12, 2016, Indonesia’s parliament enacted a regulation to revise the 2002 Law on Child Protection. (Chandni Vatvani, Indonesia Passes Law Approving Harsher Punishments for Child Rapists, CHANNEL NEWS ASIA (Oct. 13, 2016).) Under strengthened provisions on child sexual offenses, defendants accused of sexual attacks on children could face the death […]

Indonesia: Controversy over Haj Agency Proposal

(Oct. 7, 2016) Indonesia’s government currently oversees its citizens’ exercise of the haj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, something each observant Muslim aspires to accomplish once in a lifetime. Under the Law on Implementing Haj Worship of 2008, which replaced a law on the same topic of 1999, the Ministry of Religious Affairs provides […]

Indonesia: Local Content Rules for Electronic Products

(Sept. 15, 2016) On July 26, 2016, the then Indonesian Minister of Industry, Saleh Husin, signed a new regulation on local content requirements for laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets; it became official the next day. (Permenperin [Regulation of the Ministry of Industry] No. 65, 2016, on Conditions and Procedures for Calculating the Value of the […]

Indonesia: Updated Rules for Ride-Sharing Businesses

(Sept. 7, 2016) Indonesia has decided to permit car-hailing businesses that operate through online applications to work in the country, resolving a previous dispute over the business model of the services. The new rules will allow Uber, Grabcar, and Go-Car drivers to be in business once they join a cooperative. (Uber, Grabcar Hit the Road […]