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  • » 10/03/2016, 09.27

    INDONESIA

    South Jakarta mayor closes Protestant church over "lack of permit"

    Mathias Hariyadi

    Tri Kurniadi explained that the documents allow the construction of a home-office and not a place of worship. The decision came after strong protests by local residents.


     

    Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The Protestant church of Pasar Munggu will suspend all religious activity because it lacks of the building permit from the authorities. This was decided by the mayor of South Jakarta in a communique to the faithful of the Batak Karo community. A letter sent by the local inter-department explains that the lack of building permit (IMB) is sufficient reason for the cessation of religious activity.

    Tri Kurniadi, the mayor, said that the decision was taken after strong protests of the inhabitants of Pasar Minggu, who demonstrated against the construction of the place of worship. He explained that Christians have an IMB, but it refers to the construction of a home-office and not to the elevation of a church.

    The process for the construction of a church in Indonesia - Catholic or Protestant - is complicated and may take five to ten years to get all the permissions required. The procedure is governed by Mendirikan Bangunan (IMB), a written protocol that allows for construction to commence and is issued by local authorities.

    Protests against the opening of a church were held a few weeks ago also in Makassar, in South Sulawesi. On that occasion, the pastor proved that he had all the necessary documents and the place of worship remained open.

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    At least 16 extremist movements have ordered an end to the charitable activities and worship. They attempt to hide "forced conversions". Leaders of the Protestant Synod: unfounded accusations. In 2009 over 200 cases of violations of religious freedom. The Catholic church of Saint Mary wins the legal battle against the authorities of Purwakarta.

    11/08/2015 INDONESIA
    West Java, Islamic extremists block construction of St. Clare Parish
    Opponents argue that the faithful do not have a building permit. In reality, the permit was obtained, after 17 years. The church should serve 9 thousand faithful. The Bekasi mayor gives in to protesters' demands. Religious intolerance is one the rise in the country and there is a certain "impotence" of the government in curbing Islamic Extremists. A long list of churches blocked or scrapped.

    10/03/2011 INDONESIA
    Yogyakarta: Muslim leader gets Protestant church to close
    A Muslim guru accuses Christian clergyman of proselytising, describing his church as illegal and without a building permit. In reality, the pastor is in favour of interfaith dialogue, funding the education of five Muslim children without trying to convert them. Sources tell AsiaNews that the whole thing was a setup by the self-styled Muslim leader, even though no one knows who is or where he comes from.

    17/01/2012 INDONESIA
    Yasmin church: radical Islamists attack two members of parliament during Sunday celebration
    Two members of the Islamic party and the Democratic Party pkb PDI-P who were participating in a ceremony Sunday with the congregation of the Church Yasmin were insulted and verbally assaulted. The congregation has had to interrupt the liturgy, and move elsewhere, but even there the radicals have prevented the celebration. The inertia of the central government and the complicity of the mayor.

    20/10/2009 INDONESIA
    West Java, the construction of the Catholic church of Saint Mary blocked
    Two years ago the go ahead was granted by local authorities, who have now stopped the project over alleged "irregularities". The Christian community speaks of an excuse and leaves the matter in the hands of a lawyer. "It may take up to 10 years to get permission to build a church in Indonesia, only to have it retracted under pressure from Islamic movements”.



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