Author Archives: Setara Institute

Allegations of Racism, Police Brutality Spark Violent Protests in Papua

People participate in a protest march in Jayapura, Papua, on Monday. (Photo: Antara Photo/Gusti Tanati)

Jakarta. Alleged racism and police brutality against Papuan students in East Java on Saturday triggered violent protests in cities in Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces on Monday. Police said false information about officers killing Papuan students during raids in Malang and Surabaya went viral over the weekend, triggering public anger in their hometowns. Police maintain that no Papuan students had been arrested ... Read More »

Setara Institute Urges Jokowi Form National Legislation Center

SETARA Institute menggelar seminar nasional bertajuk "Mendorong dan Memperkuat Kebijakan Toleran dan Antidiskriminatif" di Indonesia pada Selasa, (13/08/2019) di Jakarta. (Foto: SETARA Institute)

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Human rights advocacy group Setara Institute urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to establish a national legislation center following many findings of regional regulation and legal products that promote intolerance. In a survey held from September 2018 until February 2019, Setara found many regional regulations promoting intolerance passed by provincial, regency, or city administration. “This research proves that the existence of discriminatory regional regulation is a ... Read More »

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 »