"Our agenda for today is to listen to the experts of the plaintiff (the civil society organization group) and the House of Representatives (as a defendant)," Fajar Laksono, the Constitutional Court spokesperson, remarked in Jakarta, Monday.
He noted that the plaintiff had filed a request with the court to review Articles 2, 9, 10, and 11 of Law No. 24 on the International Agreement.
Laksono stated that the organizations requesting a hearing include Indonesia For Global Justice, Indonesia Human Rights Committee for Social Justice, Serikat Petani (the Farmers Union), Bina Desa Sadajiwa Foundation, Indonesian Farmers Alliance, Women Solidarity, People's Coalition for Fisheries Justice, Farmer Initiatives for Ecological Livelihood and Democracy, and Palm Oil Farmers Union, in addition to four individuals.
He revealed that the plaintiff had requested the court to review the roles of the legislative members on approving the international agreement. The group claimed that the law ran counter to Article 11 No. 2 of the 1945 Constitution.
The 1945 Constitution has mandated that an international agreement inked by the president needs to be further approved by members of the House of Representatives.
However, after Law No. 24 of 2000 was implemented, the parliamentary roles were trimmed, as the regulation changed the phrase of "needs an approval" to "needs to consult with."
Both president and the parliament are responsible for every agreement that the state inks with the international community, the plaintiff noted.