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Singkawang retains title as Indonesia's most tolerant city

Jakarta Globe - January 30, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – Singkawang, a city in West Kalimantan, has once again been named Indonesia's most tolerant city for the third consecutive time by the human rights group Setara Institute.

Ismail Hasani, Managing Director of Setara, revealed that the survey encompassed 94 cities nationwide, considering factors such as local government policies and actions, existing regulations, and social norms.

"While the performance of city mayors was a top consideration, we also evaluated the behaviors of locals, clerics, social leaders, and civil communities," Ismail said in Jakarta.

The institute recognizes cities that actively bridge cultural gaps, prioritize religious tolerance as a fundamental value, respect personal freedom, and make efforts to minimize the risks of sectarian and ethnic conflicts.

Political, social, and bureaucratic leadership played pivotal roles during the survey, according to Ismail.

Among the ten cities with the highest perceived tolerance levels, four are located in Central Java.

Here is the list of Indonesia's 10 most tolerant cities, as per Setara:

1. Singkawang, West Kalimantan
2. Bekasi, West Java
3. Salatiga, Central Java
4. Manado, North Sulawesi
5. Semarang, Central Java
6. Magelang, Central Java
7. Kediri, East Java
8. Sukabumi, West Java
9. Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara
10. Surakarta, Central Java

Source: https://jakartaglobe.id/lifestyle/singkawang-retains-title-as-indonesias-most-tolerant-cit