Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia Sunday, 13 December 2020 at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province
In the last few weeks, there has been a case of civilian deaths in Sigi Regency. A few days ago, there was also the death of members of a mass organization, the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI). What is your response regarding that issue, Sir?
President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)
I assert that Indonesia operates based on the rule of law. Therefore, the law must be obeyed and enforced. For what? Protecting the interests of the people, nation, and state.
So, it is the duty of law enforcement officers to act firmly and justly. And remember, they are also protected by the law in performing their duties. Thus, the citizens are not allowed to act arbitrarily and violate the law and harm the public and the nation. The legal apparatus should not be afraid of enforcing the law. However, law enforcement officers are obliged to follow the rule of law, to protect human rights, and to use their authority in a fair and measured manner.
If there are differing opinions, where it iusually happens, regarding the law enforcement process, I order to immediately use legal mechanisms, follow legal procedures, follow judicial processes, respect the court’s decisions. If it requires the involvement of an independent institution, we have the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), which provides complaint mechanisms.
Once again, I assert that we must uphold justice and legal certainty in our country, lay the foundation for an advanced Indonesia.
Translated by Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by Lulu Wuliarti