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Jakarta Post

Cases of religious violence up: Report

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 11 2008   /  07:37 am

Religious violence is on the rise in the world’s largest Muslim country according to a report by the Wahid Institute, which places the blame on the government for its failing to crack down on radical groups.
The institute, a moderate Islamic think tank founded by former president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid to promote pluralism in Indonesia, reported that religious freedom-related violence had increased throughout the country, with 232 cases reported this year compared to 197 last year.
Many of the incidences of violence were perpetrated by state authorities, according to the annual report released on Human Rights Day, Wednesday.
“The acts of violence against religious freedom were 60 percent carried out by civilian groups and 33 percent by the state,” the report said.
It said the state perpetrators included local administrations, p...