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West Java had highest number of religious freedom violations in 2017, Jakarta close behind: Setara Institute

SETARA Institute memaparkan laporan kondisi kebebasan beragama/berkeyakinan selama tahun 2017 saat konferensi pers di Jakarta, Senin (15/1/2018). (Foto: SETARA Institute)

Many people have been concerned about a general rise in religious intolerance throughout Indonesia over the last few years, and the Setara Institute has been carefully documenting specific incidents in which religious freedoms have been violated to highlight which areas of the archipelago have become the most problematic. According to the Indonesia-based NGO, which conducts research and advocacy on democracy, ... Read More »

Jakarta Ranked as Indonesia’s Most Intolerant City: Setara Institute

Peringkat kota dengan tingkat toleransi terendah. Foto:
 ari/detikcom

Jakarta. Jakarta ranked at the bottom of the list of tolerant cities in Indonesia, due to a rise in religion-based identity politics prior to, during and after this year’s gubernatorial election, research by human rights group, the Setara Institute, showed on Thursday (16/11). The 2017 Index of Tolerant Cities is based on a study carried out in 94 cities nationwide between ... Read More »

Neighboring Indonesian Mosque, Church Foster Friendship Amid Religious Tensions

Outside the Sunda Kelapa Grand Mosque in Jakarta. The mosque and the church coordinate to share parking spaces during their busiest services. Photo: Kemal Jufri for The New York Times

JAKARTA, Indonesia — On a tree-lined side street in the Indonesian capital sits a colonial-era Protestant church with rustic wooden pews and stained-glass windows, and an antique pipe organ built into a large wall behind the altar. Across the street is a modern, 100,000-square-foot mosque with towering arches at its entrances and a cavernous prayer area laid wall-to-wall with red ... Read More »

In Indonesia, a Mosque and a Church Foster Friendship Amid Religious Tensions

St. Paul’s Church in Jakarta, Indonesia. About 90 percent of Indonesia’s 260 million people are identified as Muslim, but the country has a small, influential Christian population. Credit Kemal Jufri for The New York Times

JAKARTA, Indonesia — On a tree-lined side street in the Indonesian capital sits a colonial-era Protestant church with rustic wooden pews and stained-glass windows, and an antique pipe organ built into a large wall behind the altar. Across the street is a modern, 100,000-square-foot mosque with towering arches at its entrances and a cavernous prayer area laid wall-to-wall with red ... Read More »

Will Indonesia influence the world?

Indonesian supporters of Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also know as Ahok, push a gate at the Cipinang Prison where Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is being prisoned in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years on May 9 after being found guilty of blasphemy, in a shock decision that has stoked concerns over rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images INDONESIA-RELIGION-TRIAL-ISLAM

According to media reports, Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs is poised to toughen the country’s blasphemy laws, expanding the definition of blasphemy. And that does not bode well for religious minorities in the world’s most populace Muslim-majority country. In addition, the government is considering lengthening the maximum sentence for blasphemy to six years in prison from the current five. The ... Read More »