YLBHI Urges the DPR and Kemenkumham to remove anti-democratic articles in the RKUHP

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) and 18 LBH Offices urged anti-democratic articles in the draft Criminal Code (RKUHP).

YLBHI general chairman, M. Isnur, said the anti-democratic articles were still being enforced referring to the conclusions of the previous meeting.

“The serious problem that is the main focus is that the RKUHP can become an instrument that threatens democracy and civil liberties,” Isnur said in a written statement Thursday, November 24, 2022.

He considered that the RKUHP, which will be ratified in the near future, is currently still being drafted based on an oppressive and discriminatory legal paradigm. If it is still forced to be ratified, this legal paradigm will raise one big problem, namely the threat of over-criminalization to the people.

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There are several articles in the RKUHP which are considered threats that can be used to silence critical voices of the people towards the administration of the State.

He also gave examples, among others, articles against insulting the President and Vice President (Articles 218 to 220), articles on insulting legitimate government, articles on insulting public power and state institutions (Articles 349 to 351), articles on defamation, up to the article on criminal threats to organizing demonstrations without prior notification (Article 256).

“These articles have the potential to be used haphazardly, given the current low ethics of state officials. Especially, because they often prioritize the interests of the oligarchy, rather than the public interest,” he said.

For YLBHI and 18 LBH offices, the imposition of anti-democratic articles is contrary to the political-legal goals set. The government and DPR in this case always argue that the RKUHP exists to decolonize the KUHP which is a colonial heritage.

Even so, said Isnur, this was self-denied because the colonial character actually stems from articles that are anti-democratic and are still being accommodated by the authorities.

“So far from the fire, it is legitimate for us to call the RKUHP a legal product that is actually linear with the colonial government’s political-law in the past. Instead of decolonizing it, the RKUHP actually recolonizes Indonesia’s criminal law politics,” he said.

Discriminatory legal products

YLBHI and 18 LBH Kantor also consider that this legal product is discriminatory because the subject of criminal regulation is only aimed at the people with all the terms and conditions of limitations and prohibitions. Therefore, the threat of over-criminalization contained in the RKUHP has led to the hashtag #All BisaKena appearing.

Civil society is also shown with an anti-democratic attitude by people’s representatives. One of them, the response of Bambang Wuryanto, Chairman of Commission III DPR RI to the Criminal Code Reform Alliance, during the Public Hearing Meeting (RDPU) forum some time ago showed that the DPR chose to close their eyes and ears to the many criticisms and input from the public.

“The efforts to pursue targets for DPR members show the low ethics of public officials. This confirms the indication that the RKUHP has the potential to be used haphazardly due to the poor legal culture of public officials. This makes it even clearer that there is no partisanship of the people’s representatives to the people as the owners of sovereignty,” he said .

In fact, this condition, according to Isnur, emphasizes that the decline of democracy and the weak fulfillment of human rights are the fruit of Indonesia’s representative democracy which is still feudalistic.

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