Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Indonesian rights activists have condemned what they say were lenient sentences handed down by a district court in West Kalimantan province against 21 people who a
Freedom of Religion & Worship
January 7, 2022
December 26, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal, and Human Rights Mahfud MD reiterated the Indonesian government's resolve to ensure equal rights and grant equal protection
December 17, 2021
November 30, 2021
Zainal Abidin Bagir and Husni Mubarok – Religious tension is a near constant part of life in Indonesia.
November 26, 2021
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Former Timor-Leste president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has called on the government to adopt a document on human fraternity endorsed by Pope
November 24, 2021
November 22, 2021
The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) has made public the plight of three elementary school students in Tarakan, North Kalimantan who are reportedly losing out
September 16, 2021
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Setara Institute director of research Halili Hasan in a statement on Wednesday strongly condemned the actions of Sintang acting-Regent Sudiyanto who ordered the
September 11, 2021
September 6, 2021
Jakarta – The Indonesian Police arrested at least ten people accused of vandalizing an Ahmadiyya mosque in the district of Sintang, West Kalimantan Province, according to a police spoke
August 19, 2021
A'an Suryana – A few weeks ago, Religious Affairs Minister Cholil Yaqut Qoumas became a target of public criticism and praise for congratulating followers of the minority Baha'i faith i
August 18, 2021
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Human rights groups that consist of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YLBHI), Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), Yayasan Inklusif, and Parit
August 13, 2021
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – A parish in Indonesia's Jakarta Archdiocese is celebrating after being granted a building permit to build a new church following a 30-year struggle.
August 9, 2021
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – The mayor of the Indonesian city of Bogor has issued and presented a building permit to a Protestant church in a bid to end a 15-year legal dispute that began wh
July 27, 2021
Siswo Mulyartono – Last month, there were at least three major conflicts involving houses of worship across Indonesia.
July 1, 2021
Andreas Harsono – A recent ruling by Indonesia's Supreme Court canceled a government regulation issued in February that allowed millions of girls and women in thousands of state schools
June 22, 2021
Remember the popular children's cartoon Nussa, which drew some controversy earlier this year due to allegations of promoting Islamic radicalism?
June 16, 2021
June 15, 2021
Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) says that the Bogor city municipal government's (Pemkot) move to grant land to the Yasmin Indonesian Christi
June 14, 2021
Vento Saudale & Heru Andriyanto, Bogor – A Christian congregation in Bogor has been granted a new location to build their church, ending a standoff that prevented them from congrega
May 21, 2021
Residents of a village in Gading Serpong, Tangerang swarmed a nearby housing complex in retort over an alleged protest against a loud mosque.
May 18, 2021
When Jozeph Paul Zhang, an Indonesian-Chinese Christian evangelist, uploaded a video on YouTube last month from a country in Europe, he deliberately used provocative language to attract
May 10, 2021
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – The Catholic Church and rights activists have condemned Indonesia's Supreme Court for invalidating a recent ministerial decree banning state schools from interfe
May 7, 2021
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Gerakan Indonesia Kita (GITA) or Our Indonesia Movement has blasted the decision of Garut Regent Rudy Gunawan, whom they said had hindered the freedo
May 6, 2021
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – A popular Islamic cleric in Indonesia has come under fire for claiming that Catholics only go to church on Sundays to pray to St. Dominic.
April 16, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – The spokesperson of the Religious Affairs Ministry, Abdul Rochman, on Thursday addressed a local regulation of the Serang City government in Banten Province that bans
April 7, 2021
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Latest study of human rights group Setara Institute revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic creates fertile ground for discrimination and intolerance.
April 6, 2021
Jakarta – The Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy recorded 180 incidents and 412 acts which violated freedom of religion and belief (KBB) in Indonesia in 2020.
March 18, 2021
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore – Indonesian girls and women have frequently been ordered to wear Muslim dress regardless of their religion in what has been described as a b
Jakarta – Dress codes for women and girls in Indonesia discriminate against students, civil servants, and visitors to government offices and should be revoked, Human Rights Watch said i
Jessica Washington and Syarina Hasibuan, Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia's national motto is unity in diversity, but Wiwin's experiences in school have made her question how that maxim p
March 6, 2021
Jakarta – The decision by three ministers on school uniforms must be supported. The politicization of what students wear in school must be stopped.
March 2, 2021
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Christians in Indonesia have called on the government to scrap or revise Islamic religious textbooks that allude to the Bible, saying religious studies in schools
February 27, 2021
Andreas Harsono – This week I moderated a discussion with seven courageous Indonesian women – a teacher, a lawyer, an ombudswoman, two psychologists, and two activists.
Most teenagers starting at a new school want to fit in. But not Jeni Hia.
February 7, 2021
Lies Marcoes – After years of inaction, the Indonesian government is finally acting to prevent state schools from forcing students or staff to wear headscarves or other religious clothi
February 6, 2021
Jakarta – The Indonesian government should actively enforce a new decree that bans abusive, discriminatory dress codes for female students and teachers in Indonesia's state schools, Hum
Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia says that the government cannot just issue a joint ministerial decree (SKB) on uniforms in state schools.
February 5, 2021
Sebastian Strangio – Earlier this week, the Indonesian government banned public schools from making religious attire mandatory for teachers and students, in the government's latest appa
February 4, 2021
The Indonesian government has issued a decree banning regional governments and public schools from mandating religious elements on student uniforms, following a public outcry over an im
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has issued a decree banning state schools from interfering in the religious beliefs of students and teachers in a move that is being hail
January 26, 2021
Alexander R Arifianto, RSIS – On 22 December 2020, Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffled his cabinet to replace six ministers.
January 9, 2021
Jakarta – Moderate figures now comprise the leadership of the Indonesian Ulema Council. It is time to show a more friendly face of Islam.
January 4, 2021
Sebastian Strangio – Last week, Indonesia's newly appointed religious affairs minister promised to uphold the rights of the religious minority groups like the Shia and Ahmadiyah and to
December 27, 2020
Jakarta – The Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI) and the Setara Institute, a human rights group, have urged the newly appointed Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas to pr
December 26, 2020
Jakarta – Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, the newly appointed religious affairs minister, has promised to uphold the rights of the Shia and Ahmadiyah minority religious groups and to work to preve
December 25, 2020
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – COVID-19 has led to calls to tone down Christmas celebrations and the introduction of mobility curbs over the holiday, but such restrictions are hardly new in
December 24, 2020
Andreas Harsono – Last September, I drove for four hours from Jakarta to a small town in western Java, staying one night in a Javanese-styled hotel at the foot of Mt.
December 1, 2020
Idhamsyah Eka Putra and Yesaya Sandang – In his article published on 27 September 2020, Greg Fealy wrote with concern about Joko Widodo's (Jokowi) "systematic campaign of repression aga
November 6, 2020
Tsarina Maharani, Jakarta – A report by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) shows that there are an increasing number of violations against the right to freedom of religio