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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 »

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 »