Indonesian lawmakers passed a law on Tuesday that targets organizations considered hostile to the secular state ideology of the country in an attempt to avoid social conflict.
“We have seen mass organisations that are against the [state ideology] Pancasila and have created social conflict,” Arya Bima, an Indonesian lawmaker, said as quoted by Reuters. “This law doesn’t impede freedom of organisation or assembly, it strengthens it.”
The Tuesday vote put into law a decree issued by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in July. The legislation intends to containing hardline civil groups whose views may conflict with the principle of religious tolerance in the country.