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New Indonesian Law Affects Foreign Researchers

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  • New Indonesian Law Affects Foreign Researchers

    From , 16 July 2019

    [The House of Representatives passed into law on Tuesday the national system of science and technology bill ...

    According to the law .. any foreigner who conducts research without a valid permit could face a fine of Rp 4 billion [US$287,418] and be banned from applying for a permit for five years.

    If the researcher causes damage to invaluable objects or harms or causes the death of people involved in the research, they would be subject to criminal charges carrying a prison term of between two and seven years and a fine of between Rp 3 billion and Rp 7 billion.

    The law also states that anyone conducting high-risk or dangerous research must obtain a permit from the government or else they could be subject to a one-year jail term and a fine of Rp 2 billion.

    The law also imposes criminal charges on foreign researchers who steal biodiversity samples with a prison term of two years and a fine of Rp 2 billion.

    The Indonesian Sciences Academy (AIPI) said the Law could threaten academic freedom and called it counterproductive to encouraging research collaboration... ]
    Last edited by marcus; 17-07-19, 11:28.

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    Before this week's Law , an older Indonesian Law (UU no.6 year 2011) could already be applied to foreign researchers without an appropriate permit (see below) .

    UU6 - year 2011
    Article 122
    Shall be punished with imprisonment of five (5) years and fined at most Rp500.000.000 (five hundred million rupiah):

    a. any foreigner who deliberately misuse or engage in activities not in accordance with the intent and purpose of the Visa/Stay Permit given to him/her ;
    Last edited by marcus; 17-07-19, 11:40.