Indonesia to revoke the passports of citizens who support ISIS

President Joko Widodo has agreed to issue a regulation allowing the authorities to revoke the passports of citizens who support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The move comes as more than 350 Indonesians are said to have joined the ISIS in the past two years. About one-third left Indonesia specifically to go to Syria, while the rest were already studying or working in the Middle East before they decided to fight alongside the militant group to set up a separate state.

However, there are worries that should the movement fail to achieve its goal, these radicalised Indonesians might return home and therefore pose a security threat to their own country.

“We will revoke the passports of those who plan to go abroad to join ISIS and those who are already abroad with ISIS. They cannot be allowed to come home,” Coordinating Minister for  Political, Security and Legal Affairs Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno told The Straits Times yesterday.

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