Report finds persecution of Christians, other minorities on the rise in Indonesia
Catholic World News - February 27, 2014
An organization that advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians has issued a 99-page report documenting rising religious intolerance in Indonesia. The Southeast Asian nation of 251 million is 86% Muslim, 6% Protestant, 3% Catholic, and 2% Hindu.
“Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has a long tradition of pluralism, freedom of religion or belief, and inter-religious harmony, and is widely respected around the world for its successful transition from authoritarian rule to democracy,” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
“Indonesia’s pluralism is in peril, and almost all of Indonesia’s different religious communities are affected,” the report continued. “A variety of radical Islamist organizations [has] emerged and gained a disproportionate influence over policymaking and implementation.”
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