Author Archives: Setara Institute

Civil Society Groups Call For Changes To The Blasphemy Law That Convicted Ahok

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The ruling against the Christian governor causes tensions and controversy. The blasphemy is a pretext used to exert social and political pressure on opponents. The court failed to exert its independence, said Surya Chandra.  “Article 156a of the Criminal Code article is elastic,” Antonius Yudo said. “Any opinion or claim other than that of the majority and not in accordance ... Read More »

Politics Influence Rise of Blasphemy Case

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Setara Institute recorded 97 blasphemy cases in Indonesia throughout 1965-2017, including the latest case that involved former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok. Surprisingly, most of these cases occurred in the post-reformation era. “Interestingly, the blasphemy cases increase during the information age,” said Setara Institute researcher Halili on Thursday, May 11. Halili further explained ... Read More »

Calls in Indonesia For Repeal of Blasphemy Law

Indonesian walks past a farewell wreaths for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama also known as Ahok, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader, at cityhall in Jakarta, on May 10, 2017. 
Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years 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. Photo: AFP/BAY ISMOYO

ACTIVISTS SAY GROWING USE OF LAW CURBS FREE SPEECH AND OFTEN TARGETS MINORITIES Indonesia is facing renewed calls to repeal its controversial blasphemy law after the jailing of Jakarta’s Christian governor, with critics pointing to a sharp increase in its use to target minorities. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama—known by his nickname Ahok—was jailed for two years on Tuesday for blasphemy over ... Read More »

Security & Protection of Ahmadiyya in Indonesia

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Introduction Although six religions are officially recognized in Indonesia, there are hundreds of religions and beliefs in across the country. Some of these are local or mystical beliefs, but there are also other religious groups like Gafatar, Shia and Ahmadiyya Muslims. Intolerance towards these minority groups is on the rise. According to research by Setara Institute, in 2016 there were ... Read More »

INTOLERANCE SUPREMACY

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PREFACE One of SETARA Institute’s organizational mandates is to promote, maintain and strengthen the diversity of Indonesia. Since 2007, this organization has been consistent in compiling reports on the conditions of freedom of religion/ belief in Indonesia. Ths consistency is not only evident on the Institute’s strategic methods to present knowledge and the latest data updates each year, but also ... Read More »