Blasphemy Law takes toll on minority faiths, ethnicity

Usman Hamid

Director of Amnesty International Indonesia


Jakarta   /  Fri, September 7, 2018  /  02:38 pm

Tanjungbalai resident Meliana has been found guilty of blasphemy after complaining about the volume of the adzan (Muslim call to prayer). (ANTARA FOTO/Septianda Perdana)

When first president Sukarno was under pressure from Muslim groups in 1965, he complied with their calls by issuing a law for the prevention of “religious abuse and/or defamation” to “protect” official religions from mystical indigenous faiths.

 At that time the law was used to protect Indonesia’s official religions of Islam, Protestantism, Cath...