» 02/04/2016, 10.16
LGBT seminar broken up by Muslim extremists
A dozen members of Islam Defenders Front raided a Jakarta hotel, where the meeting on human rights was taking place. After hours of threats and negotiations with police, participants were evacuated for "security reasons".
Extremist Muslims force a Catholic "home" church to shut down
A local priest told AsiaNews about the incident. The assailants "came from outside", and when informed about the case, the police "advised" the Catholic community "not to make too much fuss about the matter".
Christians fear attacks in the workplace
Catholics and Protestants are used to celebrating mass at their workplace on Friday when their Muslim colleagues go to mosques. The government pledges to review the law on places of worship.
Aceh, the provincial government against parliament. No to death penalty for adulterers
The local executive fails to sign the rule based on Islamic law, until they “set the criteria for its application”. The parliament of the autonomous province passed a law which provides for stoning for adulterers and harsh corporal punishment for conduct contrary to Shariah. Concern and criticism of the central government and members of civil society, threats from the ulema.
16/02/2016 14:05:00 INDONESIA
Jakarta, protests against UN funds for LGBT community: They destroy our civilization
The Thai headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme has pledged $ 8 million to an Indonesian NGO that deals with the rights of homosexuals. The vice president and the Islamic authorities demand the immediate suspension of funds: "The LGBT are tolerated as individuals, but not when they make propaganda."
28/01/2016 13:13:00 ISLAM
Muslim leaders sign minority rights charter for Muslim countries
In a Joint Declaration, hundreds of Muslim notables call for equal rights for everyone. The notion of citizenship is the basis of living together. Signatories condemn those who use religion to "attack minorities" as well as the armed struggle when it is used "as a tool for settling conflicts and imposing one's point of view”. Educational institutions must engage in a courageous review of the curriculum. The full text of the document is presented.
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