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  • SBY's pluralist legacy in tatters, survey confirms – Jakarta Globe. April 23, 2014. As Indonesia debates the merits of the three-decade rule of strongman Suharto, the one thing the country seems to agree on is that the dictator fared better on protecting religious freedoms than the democratically elected incumbent, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
  • With fatwa, PPP's fractious in-fighting comes to an end – Jakarta Globe. April 23, 2014. Two rival factions of Indonesia's oldest Islamic party agreed on Wednesday to reconcile, following a bitter split that had threatened to bar it from backing a candidate for the presidential election.
  • Police hunt for instigators of 'religious strife' in Papua – Jakarta Post. April 23, 2014. The police had identified and were currently hunting the instigators of a recent clash between Christians and Muslims in Sorong, West Papua, which left three people injured with arrow wounds, National Police chief Gen. Sutarman said.
  • Indonesia making 'slow progress' on gender equality – Jakarta Post. April 22, 2014. More than a century after the death of Raden Ajeng Kartini, the first Indonesian woman to demand the emancipation of women in the country, activists say gender inequality remains in place.
  • Police in limbo over hate crime against Shiites – Jakarta Post. April 22, 2014. The National Police are reluctant to act against the alleged hate speech made at an anti-Shia declaration, an event attended by more than 1,000 people in Bandung, West Java.
  • Muslim leaders join fray in coalition game – Jakarta Post. April 22, 2014. Prominent clerics from 67 Muslim organizations have called on the five Islamic-based parties to band together in a coalition ahead of the July 9 presidential election.
  • PKS: Show of piety a must for Islamic presidential candidate – Jakarta Globe. April 22, 2014. A proposed coalition of Islamic political parties should back a presidential candidate who prays five times a day at a mosque and will cut short cabinet meetings to lead his ministers in prayer, an official says.
  • Commentary: Meaningful push for change amid Kartini celebrations – Jakarta Post. April 21, 2014. A 25-year-old woman died after delivering her only child. We named the woman Kartini, a national hero for emancipation – and more than a century after her death in 1904, we still have too many women dying of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Organized persecution of Shiites launched – Jakarta Post. April 21, 2014. More than 1,000 people attended an anti-Shia declaration on Sunday at the Al Fajr mosque in the West Java capital of Bandung, in what appeared to be the first organized attempt to persecute Shiites in Indonesia.
  • Calls for jihad, purges emerge at hate-filled anti-Shiite gathering – Jakarta Globe. April 20, 2014. A planned declaration in Bandung to denounce the Shiite community turned into a fiery call for jihad, or holy war, against the much-maligned minority group.
  • They burn witches in Bangkok – Red Thai Socialist. April 20, 2014. Major general Rientong Nan-nah, self-appointed Witch-Finder-General and the director of Mongkutwattana General Hospital, has announced that he setting up the "Rubbish collection organisation" to root out all those who dare to criticise the monarchy.
  • Shiites protest anti-Shia declaration in Bandung – Jakarta Post. April 20, 2014. Shia followers in Bandung, West Java, have filed a protest with local authorities over a planned declaration by the Anti-Shia National Alliance, scheduled for Sunday, fearing that the event could incite hatred against Shiites.
  • MUI silent over anti-Shia event – Jakarta Post. April 19, 2014. The Indonesian Ulema Council has yet to clearly state its stance over the upcoming declaration by the National Anti-Shia Alliance at the Al-Fajr Mosque in Bandung, West Java, on Sunday, even though human rights activists have strongly condemned the plan.
  • Suryadharma declares support for Prabowo as infighting intensifies – Jakarta Post. April 19, 2014. United Development Party (PPP) chairman Suryadharma Ali pledged his party's support for Gerindra Party presidential nominee Prabowo Subianto on Friday.
  • No taker for Islam-based parties coalition in Indonesian presidency push – Jakarta Globe. April 18, 2014. Forming a coalition of Islam-based parties may be difficult, following a meeting late on Thursday during which parties appeared to be uninterested in pushing for their own presidential candidates and instead looked to nationalist parties.
  • Australian, Thai journalists to face court on Thai navy defamation charges – ABC Radio Australia. April 17, 2014. A criminal defamation case against two journalists in Thailand, including an Australian, is set to begin today, despite calls from the United Nations for the charges to be dropped.
  • Legal marriage age contributes to mortality – Jakarta Post. April 17, 2014. The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) called on the government to raise the legal minimum age for marriage from 16 to 18 years old for females.
  • Navy chief sacks commanding officer involved in Indonesian incursions – The Guardian. April 17, 2014. The chief of the Australian navy has sacked a senior commanding officer involved in one of the incursions into Indonesian waters.
  • Hard-liners to host anti-Shiite declaration, West Java governor to attend – Jakarta Globe. April 16, 2014. A hard-line Sunni Islamic group says it will host an anti-Shiite declaration in Bandung on Sunday, to be attended by the West Java governor, in the latest case of religious intolerance in the province.
  • Sharia offenders to be counseled, detained – Jakarta Post. April 16, 2014. The Aceh administration's approval of the Qanun Hukum Acara Jinayat bylaw authorizes sharia police in the province to detain any person suspected of violating sharia for a maximum of 20 days, if initial counseling of the offender proves ineffective.
  • Gorontalo officials told to join mass prayers to prevent adultery – Jakarta Post. April 16, 2014. Gorontalo Governor Rusli Habibie has issued a new policy requiring Muslim civil servants to hold mass prayers and attend Islamic religious lectures every Friday, in an effort to prevent infidelity and adultery among officials.
  • City targets couples making out in parks – Jakarta Post. April 16, 2014. The Parks and Cemeteries Agency intends to force lovebirds caught in compromising positions in public parks to get married. Agency head Nandar Sunandar urged park visitors to refrain from indecent behavior or they would be arrested and forced to marry.
  • Australian Tamil Congress dismisses terrorism allegations as 'baseless' – ABC Radio Australia. April 16, 2014. A Tamil community group in Australia is among more than a dozen international Tamil organisations labelled as "financers of terrorism" by the Sri Lankan Government.
  • Victims ask voters to look at presidential hopefuls' human rights record – Jakarta Post. April 15, 2014. An association of human rights abuse victims' families said it hoped voters would take presidential hopefuls' background of human rights violations into serious consideration before choosing their presidential candidate.
  • India court recognises transgender people as third gender – BBC News. April 15, 2014. India's Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.
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