Unsatisfied residents told to challenge Tasikmalaya sharia bylaw

05-06-2012

A law expert suggested that those who were unsatisfied with the Tasikmalaya administration’s latest sharia bylaw should file a report to the Constitutional Court.

“Those who feel that the latest bylaw isn’t in line with higher law, such as Human Rights Law, can challenge the bylaw to the Constitutional Court,” constitutional law expert Irmanputra Sidin told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

The statement was made following the Tasikmalaya administration's decision to implement the latest bylaw that will in the future oblige all Muslim women, either locals or tourists, to wear veils.

Commenting on this, Bonar Tigor Naipospos of the Setara Institute, an NGO that focuses on human rights issues, said that it was actually the central government’s duty to warn, inspect or even report the bylaw to the Constitutional Court.

“The central government has the right to evaluate bylaws, especially those that could potentially violate the country’s higher and more respected values like human rights,” he said.

He said it was obvious that the sole reason behind the central government's reluctance to evaluate problematic bylaws was a lack of political will.

“Everything is viewed through political binoculars. Therefore, anything that can bring a political benefit, like implementing a sharia bylaw, should be at least be left alone,” he said.

Dicky Christanto

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