Foreign researchers flouting visa rules face criminal charges
The legislative body took the unanimous decision to pass the bill into law during a plenary meeting, despite mounting criticism from researchers who argue that the law may curtail academic freedom and hinder scientific development in the country.
Lawmaker and National Mandate Party politician Andi Yuliani Paris said the law stipulated criminal sanctions because it included two types of research, namely high-risk and dangerous research. “Researchers do not have to worry [as long as] they possess ethical clearance [from the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry],” Andi said.
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