Author Archives: Setara Institute

Adherents of Local Religions

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PREFACE In mid-June 2017, SETARA Institute published a report from the Series of Reports on Freedom of Religion/Belief titled “Conditions of the Constitutional Rights Fulfilment of the Adherents of Local Religions in God Almighty”. Adherents of Local Religions in God Almighty or also known as the adherents of Indonesian Local Religions are one of the SETARAInstitute’s focuses on the research area ... Read More »

Replace Blasphemy With Incitement

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Introduction At least 52 countries have blasphemy laws codifid into their domestic legal codes. Figure 1 illustrates the global distribution of countries with blasphemy laws. Punishments for violation range from small fies to the death penalty. States with such laws represent arangeof diffrent cultures, histories, religions, and socioeconomic levels. States range across the majority of regions including the Middle East ... Read More »

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:
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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 »