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Breaking ISIS: Indonesia's legal position on the 'Foreign Terrorist Fighters' threat

Fenton, Adam J. and Price, David (2015). Breaking ISIS: Indonesia's legal position on the 'Foreign Terrorist Fighters' threat. Australian Journal of Asian Law,16(1 - Article No. 2):1-18.

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Title Breaking ISIS: Indonesia's legal position on the 'Foreign Terrorist Fighters' threat
Author Fenton, Adam J.
Price, David
Journal Name Australian Journal of Asian Law
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 16
Issue Number 1 - Article No. 2
ISSN 1443-0738   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 18
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Federation Press Pty Ltd.
Field of Research 1801 - Law
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Indonesia, as signatory and co-sponsor of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2170, has committed to suppressing the flow of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), along with financing and other support, for Islamist extremist groups operating in Iraq and Syria – in particular the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). Varying levels of support for ISIS have been observed in Indonesia, including displays of ISIS paraphernalia, support rallies, swearing of allegiance to the caliphate and an uncertain number of individuals travelling to the region to fight. Recognising the risk posed by support for ISIS and returning FTFs, the Indonesian government announced a 'ban' on the terrorist organisation in 2014. However, doubt remains with regard to the legal and practical enforcement of the 'ban' by Indonesian police and actions they are able to take against ISIS's Indonesian supporters. While there have been calls for the government to enact a new law or revise existing laws to specifically address ISIS and its supporters in Indonesia, it is uncertain if or when such a law could be finalised and passed. Accordingly, this article examines the legal position as it exists under current Indonesian law with respect to preventing and punishing supporters of ISIS.
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