Boosting Deradicalization Efforts
The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) plans to bring 120 former terrorist convicts to the planned meeting where they are expected to meet with the survivors of terror attacks. The forum, part of the agency’s deradicalization initiative, will be held at an open forum attended by different state institutions at the end of this month.
BNPT chairman Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius said the forum would be held in a public place at the end of this month. During the meeting, he said, the former terrorists would say “It never crossed our mind that the victims would be our brothers and sisters”. The survivors, Suhardi added, would respond with a plea “Please, no more victims like us”.
The BNPT chief acknowledged that some survivors might still find it difficult to forgive their attackers but said such a forum should be held so other people with radical beliefs could learn a lesson. “This is for the common good. Are they supposed to just bury their feelings in their hearts?”.
BNPT spokesman Irfan Idris said that they were still sorting the names of the former terrorists who would be involved and therefore could not reveal any of the participants. Irfan said, the BNPT had not arranged any formal meetings between the ex-terrorists and the victims before.
According to the agency’s website, the victims that would be involved included survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings, the 2003 JW Marriot attack, as well as the victim of the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing in South Jakarta.
So far, several convicted terrorists, including Ali Imran, have been deradicalized and have helped the government with its deradicalization initiatives.
Meanwhile, strategic issues observer, Toni Sudibyo has said the plan of the meeting between the former terrorists perpetrators with their victims or survivors is a new possitive strategy to eliminate “hate feeling or reveange feeling” amongs others, and its could be a possitive lesson learn that the Indonesian government has a seriously efforts to end any type of terror threats and a terror groups budding which would be existed in several regencies and cities around Indonesia.
*) Toni Ervianto, The Political and Security Observer