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Challenging the Secular StateThe Islamization of Law in Modern Indonesia$
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Arskal Salim

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832377

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832377.001.0001

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The Failure of Amendment

The Failure of Amendment

(p.94) 11 The Failure of Amendment
Challenging the Secular State

Arskal Salim

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter takes a closer look at the stance of Islamic parties on amending Article 29 on Religion during consecutive Annual Sessions of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) from 2000 to 2002. It is interesting to note here that although members of the Islamic faction shared a similar objective of amending Article 29, their individual stances varied over time. As shown in this chapter, some members of the Islamic faction were eager to speak more about collective than individual rights. Debate on the amendment to Article 29 on Religion attracted their attention much more than did Article 28 on Human Rights. In fact, discussions on human rights by Islamic parties during the period of constitutional amendment were generally unsatisfactory and largely figurative.

Keywords:   constitutional amendment, Islamic faction, People's Consultative Assembly, Indonesian constitution, collective rights, religion, human rights

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