|A Gafatar religious group farm house was burned down in Kalimantan, 2016.|
JAKARTA -- In January 1965, President Sukarno wrote the blasphemy law, declaring “six protected religions” –Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism— in Indonesia and to punish anyone who is defame one of those religions with a jail term, maximum five years. His administration never used that toxic law. President Suharto administration, which ruled between 1965 and 1998, used that law only 10 times.
In 2004, when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono came to power, his administration was to use the law frequently, jailing 125 individuals during his decade in power. In 2006, Yudhoyono also introduced the “religious harmony regulation," starting another set of discrimination against religious minorities in Indonesia in building or renovating their houses of worship.
In 2008, I joined Human Rights Watch, putting attention on these rising discrimination against religious minorities. Here're several of my writing and interviews.
|Interviewing an Ahmadiyah Muslim on Lombok Island in 2009.|
Blasphemy law puts religious minorities at risk.
Human Rights Watch, April 19, 2010
The New York Times, May 21, 2012
Abuses against Religious Minorities in Indonesia
Human Rights Watch, February 28, 2013
The Jakarta Globe, August 15, 2013
Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono sits down with Steve Paikin to discuss the spiritual makeup of Indonesia, its government, the violence committed against groups, and how the outside world can lend a helping hand.
The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO April 15, 2014
New Mandala, May 13, 2014
New York University, February 23, 2016
Thousands were forcibly evicted from their farms in Kalimantan, relocated, detained.
Human Rights Watch, March 29, 2016
Carnegie Council, May 11, 2016
Jakarta Globe, 2016
|Jakarta Governor Basuki T. Purnama.|
By jailing the Jakarta governor Ahok for blasphemy, judges have sent a chilling message to moderates and non-Muslims
The Guardian, May 10, 2017
NPR: All Things Considered, May 9, 2017
Indonesia at Melbourne, October 25, 2018
The Jakarta Post, May 6, 2019
Reporters in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country are navigating — and too often abetting — a rising trend of reactionary Islamism.
Foreign Policy in Focus, August 21, 2019
|Catholics celebrated their Sunday mass in a temporary church in 2016.|
Remove provisions harmful to women, minorities, free speech
Human Rights Watch, September 18, 2019
Suzethe Margaret brings dog and faces 5 years in prison
Human Rights Watch, October 11, 2019
Human Rights Watch, October 31, 2019
The Jakarta Post, April 11, 2020