Konradus Epa – The Community of Sant'Egidio, an Italian-based Catholic lay group, and Indonesia's biggest moderate Islamic organization have signed a pact to continue working together t
Freedom of Religion & Worship
June 10, 2022
June 1, 2022
Katharina Reny Lestari – Christians have urged the Indonesian army to take strict action against any group trying to sow discord and create divisions in society after a video of a large
May 21, 2022
Ryan Dagur – Timor-Leste's new president Jose Ramos-Horta has pledged to maintain democracy and peace in the Catholic-majority country stressing his commitment to defend all sections of
May 13, 2022
Ryan Dagur – Catholic-majority Timor-Leste will be the first country in the world to adopt a papal-endorsed document promoting peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims.
April 30, 2022
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Timor-Leste's president-elect Jose Ramos-Horta says he will adopt a papal-endorsed document on human fraternity into the school curriculum to maintain interreligio
April 21, 2022
A'an Suryana, Norshahril Saat – This year's Ramadhan saw less bickering among Indonesian Muslims about the appropriate start date for the blessed month.
April 2, 2022
Mathias Hariyadi, Jakarta – According to the latest Intolerant City Index (IKT) by the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, the city of Depok, home to 2.5 million people just 20 ki
March 30, 2022
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Setara Institute named the city of Singkawang in West Kalimantan as the most tolerant city in the country in the human rights watchdog's diversity index o
March 29, 2022
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body has urged Islamic groups not to target restaurants and street food stalls serving meals to non-Muslims in daylight hours dur
March 24, 2022
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Jakarta governor Anies Rasyid Baswedan is to provide more funding to a multi-million-dollar scheme to help restore more than 3,000 places of worship in the Indon
March 23, 2022
Johannes Nugroho (South China Morning Post) – A diminutive female figure carrying joss sticks and a singing bowl became a viral sensation at Indonesia's MotoGP Grand Prix on Sunday (Mar
March 21, 2022
Beril Huliselan – Since the attacks, arson, and demolition of several churches in Aceh Singkil Regency, Aceh Province, Indonesia (2015), religious freedoms in churches in Aceh Singkil R
March 14, 2022
Tempo.Co, Jakarta – Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas in a webinar on Monday is urging campus managements to establish multifaith houses of worship within campus premise
February 7, 2022
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – In Tondano, near the north-east tip of the island of Sulawesi, south-east Asia's first Holocaust museum was unveiled last month.
January 31, 2022
Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – The government will retain a damaged mosque belonging to Ahmadiyya followers in Sintang, West Kalimantan as a worship place for Muslims although its dome ha
January 29, 2022
Jakarta – The Jemaat Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI) community says that acts of intolerance such as those which occurred at Balai Harapan Village in Tempunak sub-district, Sintang regency, W
January 7, 2022
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
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.