Posts with tag: Religious conflict

A solution to conflict over houses of worship at last?

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Conflicts over houses of worship are caused in part by a problematic legal framework – this may be about to change

Talking Indonesia: religious harmony

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How have Inter-Religious Harmony Forums (FKUB) performed in tackling religious disputes and promoting tolerance? Dr Dave McRae chats to Ihsan Ali-Fauzi in a special Policy in Focus episode of Talking Indonesia.

Involving the military in managing religious harmony betrays the spirit of reformasi

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Data on Religious Harmony Forums (FKUB) shows that many Indonesian communities are quite capable of discussing and managing religious difference, writes Ihsan Ali Fauzi.

How did a complaint about a mosque loudspeaker end up in a blasphemy conviction?

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The conviction of Meiliana, after she complained about the noise of a nearby mosque, has shocked Indonesia. PUSAD Paramadina researchers examine Meiliana's complaint in detail, and the violence that followed, showing how hate was mobilised to convict her.

Talking Indonesia: civil liberties

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While Indonesia has seen a decline in state violence since the collapse of the New Order, non-state violence, particularly toward minorities, appears to have increased. This has contributed to restriction of civil liberties, and poses challenges for democratic reform. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Ken Setiawan chats to Dr Budi Hernawan about the shrinking space for civil liberties.

Talking Indonesia: religious intolerance

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Following the recent attack on the Gafatar community, and efforts to evict Ahmadiyah followers from Bangka Island, religious intolerance is once again in the spotlight. What are the drivers of intolerance, and what forms does it take? Is President Joko Widodo doing any better than his predecessor at managing the issue? Dr Dave McRae explores these questions with Ihsan Ali-Fauzi in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Gafatar attack shows the limits of unity in diversity

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Al Makin writes that as long as Indonesians remain a pious people oriented toward religion, new religious movements like Gafatar will continue to emerge. Both the government and Indonesian citizens need to accept this fact. Photo by Jessica Helena Wuysang for Antara.

Interview: Dr Melissa Crouch on religious freedom

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What makes West Java so prone to religious intolerance and violence? And which regulations, if any, need to be reformed to reduce conflict? Indonesia at Melbourne explored these issues with Dr Melissa Crouch, whose book examines religious conflict and the use of the courts by intolerant groups in West Java.

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