The Constitutional Court Has The Duty To Ensure Compliance With The Constitution
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“The establishment of the Constitutional Court is important to ensure the enforcement of the supreme law, namely upholding the constitution,” Prof. Jimly expressed in his speech at the opening ceremony of the Colloquium on Constitutional Review and Procedural Law of the Constitution Court held by the Constitutional Court in cooperation with the Central Executive Board of Muhammadiyah. The event was held for three days, namely on Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2007 at Sultan Hotel Jakarta, attended by Leaders and Activists of Muhammadiyah Legal Aid and Human Rights Institutes throughout Indonesia. The event was also attended by Prof. A. Malik Fadjar, M.Sc. as Muhammadiyah’s Chairperson. 

In his main speech, Prof. Jimly stated that the Indonesian Constitution has been amended three hundred percent. The 1945 Constitution which previously contained 71 provisions has been amended and now it has 199 provisions. Out of the 71 original provisions, there are only 25 provisions remaining un-amended. Hence, according to Prof. Jimly, there are 174 new items in the Amendment to the 1945 Constitution.

According to Jimly, after the amendments the 1945 Constitution becomes the most complete Constitution in the world. There are articles and provisions guaranteeing the constitutional rights of the citizens, such as human rights, as indicated in the provisions of Articles 28A up to 28J.

Constitutional Awareness

In the meantime, according to the Chairperson of the organizing Committee, Saleh P. Daulay, constitution is very important in the life as a state. According to him, each citizen as individual and Muhammadiyah as an organization constituting an integral part of the Indonesian nation must understand their constitutional rights as regulated in the constitution. Therefore, Muhammadiyah would like to have detailed and comprehensive understanding of the rights provided for in the constitution in order to avoid multi-interpretation related to the constitution.

Saleh expected that by this event Muhammadiyah can obtain common perception regarding the constitution. “All Muhammadiyah members are expected to have common understanding of their constitutional rights, and the dissemination of information regarding constitution and the existence of the Constitutional Court can reach all regions of Indonesia,” he explained. (Mastiur Arfrilidiany Pasaribu).

Saturday, April 21, 2007 | 12:49 WIB 243
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