Meiliana and multiculturalism
Joeni A. Kurniawan
Lecturer and director of the Center for Legal Pluralism Studies at Airlangga University’s School of Law
The Medan District Court issued a shocking verdict on Aug. 21. The court found Meiliana, a Buddhist woman of Chinese descent who lives in Tanjungbalai, North Sumatra, guilty of blasphemy (against Islam) under the Criminal Code for her 2016 complaint about the volume of a speaker at a mosque near her house in broadcasting the adzan (call to prayer), and sentenced her to 18 months in prison.
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