Ryan Dagur and Katharina R.
Intolerance & Sectarianism
July 12, 2021
July 9, 2021
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Police have arrested three people in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province for attacking a Protestant church.
July 7, 2021
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – An attack that saw a man vandalize and attempt to burn down a Protestant church in Indonesia last month was the act of a mentally ill individual and not a case of
June 22, 2021
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – The mayor of a town in Indonesia's Central Java province has vowed to shut down an Islamic school after a group of its students was accused of desecrating Christ
April 26, 2021
It could have been a lot worse if it came from someone else, but a Muslim influencer's complaint about a loud mosque has sparked a discussion – albeit a deeply divisive one – on the use
December 21, 2020
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Dozens of university and high school graduates from across the country formed the Alumni for Indonesia organization on Monday to address concerns about the
August 11, 2020
In yet another episode of Indonesians getting needlessly triggered over religious symbols, an Islamic group in Karanganyar regency, Central Java filed a complaint to the local administ
Jakarta – A traditional wedding ceremony in Surakarta, Central Java came to a violent end after alleged members of a local religious group reportedly disbanded it, leading to a scuffle
June 12, 2020
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – An Indonesian priest based in the United States has caused a stir on social media because of a speech he made during a recent Black Lives Matter protest t
April 27, 2020
Jakarta – A group of teenagers vandalized a house in Jati subdistrict, Pulogadung, East Jakarta allegedly because the owner, a man named Aselih, reported a mass tarawih (evening Ramada
March 1, 2020
Antara, Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin drew attention to the threat posed by radicalism and Islamophobia that can spur sectarian conflict in a country for which the government ha
January 14, 2020
A supervisor for the Indonesian Scouts Movement (Pramuka) in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta has apologized for allegedly teaching small children a bigoted chant, footage of which we
December 30, 2019
Antara, Jakarta – The Ministry of Religious Affairs has introduced an application-based religious conflict early warning and response system in a bid to track any religious discordance
December 13, 2019
Japanese beef bowl chain Yoshinoya and Indonesian seafood chain D'Cost have both found themselves in the middle of what might be (yet) another religious discrimination scandal in Indon
December 1, 2019
Joe Cochrane – The controversy started with a photo on Twitter showing a notice in the window of a Western-style bakery in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
November 27, 2019
It's officially that time of year again! No, not for Christmas cheer, but for the annual "take off that Santa hat" paranoia.
November 23, 2019
Jakarta – Brouhaha surrounding the controversial policy of a Tous Les Jours store to reject requests for Christmas greetings to reportedly obtain halal certification has taken a new tw
November 22, 2019
South Korean bakery chain Tous les Jours has found itself in the middle of a religious discrimination scandal in Indonesia related to what one may or may not write on a cake.
Celebrity preacher Abdul Somad is arguably the most popular cleric in Indonesia at the moment, but he has been in the news with increasing frequency for making some very controversial
November 18, 2019
Jakarta – Indonesian Human Rights Watch (Imparsial) says that violations against freedom of religion and belief (KBB) occur because the law is bias towards the majority.
November 14, 2019
Amy Chew – An Indonesian ministry last week banned its staff from wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, while on duty, as the government grapples with a rising tide of extremism and in
November 11, 2019
Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) supports its East Java branch's advice for Muslims to avoid using greetings from other religions, saying the call was in line with guidelin
November 10, 2019
Jakarta – The East Java branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a letter advising Muslims against using greetings from other religions, calling the practice a form of b
October 10, 2019
Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – Munarman, the secretary general of hardline Muslim group Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, underwent a lengthy questioning at the Jakarta Police headquarters
October 7, 2019
Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – A man known as a diehard supporter of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo testified to police that a group of men punched, kicked and then threatened to kill him
August 1, 2019
Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – A Muslim organization in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has protested against two local restaurants for selling dishes that contain pork.
July 28, 2019
Anna Coren, Jane Sit and Helen Regan, Jakarta – In his first international television interview since being re-elected in May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied being concerned a
July 9, 2019
Jakarta – Members of a religious group have stopped the first-ever Base Jam concert in Aceh because of the pop band's alleged violations of the region's strict Islamic law.
July 8, 2019
Agus Setyadi, Banda Aceh – A Base Jam concert on the closing night of the 2019 Aceh Culinary Festival (ACF) has been closed down by a hardline Islamic group.
June 17, 2019
Dozens of people stormed a mosque in the Aceh capital of Banda Aceh over alleged ideological differences with a guest preacher delivering a sermon at the house of worship recently, foo
May 8, 2019
The government may have warned hardline groups against conducting raids against restaurants and other businesses they think are disrespecting Muslims during Ramadan, but, as has been t
May 3, 2019
Jakarta – Indonesia is set to enjoy the benefits of a "demographic bonus" – a large productive population – until 2030, but it has its work cut out to prevent radicalism and intoleranc
April 4, 2019
Jakarta – A regulation by a village in Central Java considered discriminatory against non-Muslims has been revoked following an incident that went viral on social media earlier this we
April 3, 2019
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Yogyakarta has avoided another religiously charged embarrassment after Karet, a hamlet of just more than 500 people in the provincial-level autonomous region,
March 12, 2019
Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – Gerindra Party secretary general Andre Rosiade quipped the speech by Indonesia Solidarity Party's (PSI) chairman Grace Natalie in the Festival 11 event
March 1, 2019
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia and the world's largest Muslim organization, is widely seen in contemporary political and religious contexts as the bastion of moderate Islam in Indones
February 21, 2019
Being a religious minority in Indonesia can not only lead to struggles in life, but also after death, as illustrated in this latest story of yet another burial dispute based on religio
February 18, 2019
Ivany Atina Arbi, Bengkulu – Islamic group Muhammadiyah is planning to mobilize its members to campaign for wasatiyyah (religious moderation) in a renewed attempt to stem the tide of r
February 15, 2019
Jakarta – A video clip posted to Twitter, showing two neighbors arguing in the street over the smell of cooking pork, has gone viral on Thursday.
February 8, 2019
Two Indonesian students were allegedly verbally harassed and physically assaulted in the Australian capital of Canberra yesterday evening, with sources close to the matter saying the a
January 29, 2019
Chinese-Indonesians were not allowed to celebrate Chinese New Year during Suharto's New Order dictatorship, just one part of his regime's attempts to repress Chinese culture.
January 28, 2019
Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council's (MUI) Bogor chapter in West Java has urged members of the public not to heed the call from a conservative Muslim group who wants to ban Cap Go
January 20, 2019
January 19, 2019
Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta – The Surakarta administration in Central Java has finally decided to cover a cross-shaped road mosaic in front of the City Hall with paint following compl
January 18, 2019
Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta – Mosaic art surrounding a statue on a major road in Surakarta, Central Java, has drawn ire from conservative Muslim groups, which have said that an aerial
An Islamic group named the Surakarta City Sharia Council (DSKS) in the city of Surakarta (also known as Solo) in Central Java says they plan to protest a particular public facility tha
January 17, 2019
President Jokowi chose not to spend political capital by undoing discriminatory regulations or protecting minorities from abuse. – Elaine Pearson, Australia Director
January 3, 2019
After a huge controversy regarding the sawing off of a wooden cross grave marker in Yogyakarta last month, the neighboring city of Magelang saw another possibly religiously motivated d
November 13, 2018
Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa was the sultan of Banten during the kingdom's golden age in the 1600s and has been recognized as one of Indonesia's national heroes for his opposition to Dutch co
September 4, 2018
Late last month, Indonesia's controversial Blasphemy Law (Law 1/PNPS/1956) claimed another victim.