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Jakarta Post

NGOs request judicial review of religious blasphemy law

  • Bagus Budi Tama Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 30 2010   /  12:52 pm

A group of NGOs concerned with religious freedom and democracy has filed a judicial review request at the Constitutional Court, asking the judges to review articles of the 1965 Blasphemy Law, which they deemed to discriminate against certain religious groups. The group, calling themselves the Advocacy Alliance for Freedom of Religion, comprises seven organizations; Imparsial, the Policy Research and Advocacy (Elsam), the Indonesian Human Rights and Legal Aid Association (PBHI), the Institute for Studies on Human Rights and Democracy (Demos), the Setara Institute, the Desantara Foundation, and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI). Also included in the group filing the lawsuit were several individuals, such as the late Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, Muslim activist M. Dawam Rahardjo and noted Islamic scholar Ahmad Syafii Maarif. A lawyer for the group, Choirul Anam, tol...