Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –
The Chairman of the Third Committee of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Herman Heri, asked: Police chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo instructed the police to reduce the repressive actions.
This statement was made by Hermann in response to the arrest of a young man who had raised a critical poster during the visit of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).Jokowi) to Blitar, East Java (East Java), last Tuesday (7/9).
According to him, the police should give priority to persuasive measures in response to similar incidents.
“I also hope that the national police chief will reduce repressive measures against similar acts by prioritizing persuasive and preventive efforts,” Hermann told reporters on Tuesday (14/9).
He stated that the state constitution provides for freedom of expression as a form of human rights protection (HAM).
In addition, Hermann also recalled Article 19 Paragraph 2 of Law No. 12 of 2005 regarding the ratification of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He said that the article states that freedom of opinion and expression has two restrictions, and they are for reasons of national security and respect for the dignity of others.
Far from this, Hermann said, the police, as law enforcement and law enforcement officials, must have insight into freedom of expression and national security, as enshrined in the Constitution.
“As Chairman of the Third Committee, I ask the Chief of the National Police to direct all his staff in the field to prudence in striving for a balance between guarantees of freedom of expression and guarantees of national security, as well as respect for the dignity of others,” the PDIP politician said.
Previously, videos on social media and media were showing the moment a man uploads a poster to Jokowi. The moment occurred when Jokowi left the Covid-19 vaccination area for Bung Karno’s grave in Blitar, Tuesday (7/9).
The man held up a poster as Jokowi waved from the car window. The poster reads: “Pak Jokoi helps farmers buy corn at fair prices.”
After Jokowi’s car passed, someone grabbed the sticker. Later, police were seen arresting the man and putting him in a car.
Criticism has also flooded the steps taken by the police. One of them came from Imparsial manager Gufron Mabruri who said the police had broken the law.
According to him, submitting the poster is part of the freedom of opinion. According to him, Article 28H(2) of the 1945 Constitution and the Independence Law are guaranteed to express opinion in public places.
Goffron said the repressive measures added to the list of violations of freedom of expression and opinion during Jokowi’s era. He stated that the Indonesian democracy index recorded by the Central Statistics Agency has continued to decline since 2018.
The latest case is the arrest of a student at Cibelas Marit University (UNS) Solo after raising a poster containing criticism when Jokowi entered the UNS campus, on Monday (14/9).