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Jakarta Post

Govt told to revoke decree on houses of worship

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 15 2010   /  10:00 am

Critics have demanded the government revoke a 2006 ministerial decree on obtaining building permits for houses of worship, saying the regulation was often abused to suppress religious freedom and minority rights.

Politicians, academics and activists said Sunday’s attack on congregation members of the HKBP church in Bekasi was only one of many religiously charged incidents that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration had witnessed and largely ignored over the past six years.They called on the government to talk with religious leaders to find solutions to the numerous conflicts stemming from the state’s failure to defend the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion.Critics say Ministerial Decrees 8 and 9 jointly issued by the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Home Ministry in 2006 allowed for multiple interpretations and were “manipulated” by Muslim har...