» 10/09/2012, 00.00
Muslim extremists in the streets against Jakarta's (Christian) deputy governor
The inauguration ceremony for the capital's new leaders has been postponed from 7 to 15 October. Government sources say the decision is administrative. In reality, it is due to protests by extremists who want non-Muslims banned from all key positions of responsibility.
Human rights activists are not giving up on three Indonesian Catholics
Several human rights groups released a statement yesterday demanding that the death sentence imposed on Tibo and his co-accused be overturned; they also called for the abolition of the death penalty. Everyone is waiting for President Susilo's decision on a second appeal for pardon.
24/09/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Aceh: Sharia to be applied to non-Muslims
As the current legislature comes to an end, provincial lawmakers have little time to approve a law that would apply Islamic law to both "Muslims and non-Muslims." Indonesia's Home Affairs minister says he is prepared to challenge the law if it violates national legislation or human rights.
Pro-independence symbolism in Aceh's new flag scares Jakarta
Tensions between central and provincial governments reach high mark after the province proposes a flag that includes elements from the flag of the separatist Free Aceh Movement. Jakarta gives the province two weeks to change it, hints it might suspend the implementation of Sharia. Its behaviour suggests it is afraid that Aceh's pro-independence sentiments might spread to other parts of the archipelago.
Aceh's new governor Zaini Abdullah pledges more Sharia
With his deputy Muzakir Manaf, Abdullah will run the province for the next five years (2012-2017) after winning 55.75 per cent of the vote. His programme includes fighting corruption and full implementation of Sharia in Indonesia's most extremist province.
12/06/2007 INDONESIA – IRAN
Counter Tehran Conference on the Holocaust in Bali
Muslims and Jews, victims of the Holocaust and Islamic terrorism, met today to assert that the Holocaust did take place. Jakarta however blocks UN Security Council resolution condemning Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s latest anti-Semitic statement, which it considers “mere rhetoric”. Iran becomes an issue in Indonesia’s domestic politics.
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