Students of CDU Australia and Law Faculty of UI Learn Court’s Role on Constitutional Rights

Expert assistant to constitutional justice Bisariyadi welcoming students of CDU and Law Faculty of Universitas Indonesia, Tuesday (1/23/2024). Photo by MKRI/Panji.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — Seventeen students of Charles Darwin University (CDU) Australia and the Law Faculty of Universitas Indonesia (FH UI) visited the Constitutional Court (MK) on Monday, January 29, 2024. The Australian students were participating in a short course organized by FH UI and CDU.

Expert assistant to constitutional justice Bisariyadi, who welcomed the students in the Court’s delegation room, invited them to a discussion. He started by introducing the main duties and functions of the Constitutional Court in safeguarding the Constitution in Indonesia. He illustrated the Constitutional Court’s authority with an international treaty, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which has been considered by the Court in its decisions. This is in line with Bisariyadi’s research while studying law. The Constitutional Court used some of the treaties to further improve the fulfilment of the citizens’ constitutional rights.

Bisariyadi invited the students to share their views about law in Indonesia. One of the students was very interested in the development of the implementation of general elections in Indonesia and the resolution of election dispute cases in the Constitutional Court.

He also explained the Constitutional Court’s readiness to handle election dispute cases. One of its efforts was organizing workshops on the citizens’ constitutional rights at the Pancasila and Constitution Education Center (Pusdik) in Cisarua, Bogor, West Java Province.

“After the workshops, the alumni can become agents who continue the educating their groups on the Constitution and Pancasila, such as to members of political parties, policymakers, or election organizers, teachers, and lecturers. At this Center, all will be provided with insights on how the Constitution fulfils the citizens’ rights and how the Constitutional Court protects these rights, which when violated, one may file a petition for losses incurred to the Constitutional Court,” Bisariyadi explained.

A student asked about the Court’s authority in dissolving political parties. Bisariyadi answered that the Government has the right to propose it. When a political party violates the Constitution or the nation’s ideology, the Court is authorized to decide on the nature of the violation committed and if required, can decide on the party’s dissolution.  

Author       : Sri Pujianti
Editor        : Nur R.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Disclaimer: The original version of the news is in Indonesian. In case of any differences between the English and the Indonesian versions, the Indonesian version will prevail.

Monday, January 29, 2024 | 14:21 WIB 124