Indonesian students from a number of universities are suing the revision of Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) Law to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday (09/18) - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian students from a number of universities are suing the revision of Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) Law to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday (09/18), said the attorney. As known on Sept. 17, the parliament has passed the revision law and get protest from the society.

According to Zico Leonard, lawyer representing the students, in formal lawsuits, the plaintiffs question the process of establishing a law that does not involve public participation. While, in the plaintiffs also criticized the irregularities in the voting process when the CEC Law was passed by the parliament.

At the same day, Indonesian legal aid organizations plan to file a pretrial suit for police violence against thousands of students who protested several bills that were considered to threaten the country’ democracy. To date, the agency has recorded that at least 232 people were injured in various regions, and 143 were arrested and detained by the police in Jakarta.

The agency noted that there were three peoples who were critical and currently being treated at the hospital in South Jakarta. Besides students, 10 journalists who tried to cover violence were also beaten by the police.

There were also three journalists from different media who were victims in Jakarta, three in Makassar, South Sulawesi and other three in Jayapura, Papua.

“We are still discussing legal remedies through pretrial. But for that, we must gather evidence and with the agreement of the victims’ families and related campuses,” Jakarta Legal Aid Director Arif Maulana told reporters while mentioning 60 complaints has received from the victim’ family and campus.

Until now, he went on, his party is still opening a complaint post in cooperation with other legal institutions such as LBH Pers, Kontras, Lokatharu, and National Human Rights Commission, and others.

In front of the media, he showed violence by a number of police officers beating students who were demonstrating through videos obtained from journalists. From the video seen several students ran chased, beaten until kicked brutally by the police officers.

On the same occasion, chairperson of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, Asfinawati – who joined the demonstration with students – revealed how the police fired water cannon and tear gas on the protesters, a move which she judged violated the Police Operational Procedure Standard in handling demonstrations.

“Police fired water cannon and tear gas on students who voiced their aspirations. The dialogue did not occur because after that the situation became chaotic. It violated their operational procedure standard. Students tried to respond by throwing stones at the police,” she said.

Reportedly, starting Monday, thousands of students gathered in cities nationwide over issues that included a new criminal code that penalizes adultery and revised laws on corruption. Police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up Tuesday’ rallies in Jakarta and another city, some of the biggest since 1998 student protests fueled unrest that led to the fall of former strongman leader Suharto.

After met President Joko Widodo, last weekend parliament’ delayed the deliberation of the new Criminal Code bill, which would replace a Dutch colonial-era set of laws, saying a new parliament should deliberate on the bill next month. The revisions to the code include penalties for sex outside marriage, insulting the president’ dignity, a four-year jail term for abortions in the absence of a medical emergency or rape, and a prison term for black magic.

Aside from opposing the new Criminal Code, students say they are against changes to a law governing the anti-graft agency, and the appointment of new agency commissioners that critics say will weaken the fight against corruption.

Students also want a ban on military or police personnel taking up public posts, and the release of “Papuan political prisoners”, referring to the remote Papua region convulsed by civil unrest in recent weeks. Beside, the scholar also call for stepped-up prevention of forest fires blamed for haze problems, and a renewed effort to address human rights issues.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com