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Jakarta Post

Faith is optional on e-ID card

  • Rabby Pramudatama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 2 2012   /  08:06 am

The Home Ministry revealed on Tuesday it would allow citizens, especially subscribers of nondenominational faiths, to forgo declaring their religious beliefs on the electronic identity (e-ID) card, a move lauded by pluralism campaigners as a significant step toward ending discrimination against minority groups.

The director general for civil and citizenship administration at the Home Ministry, Irman, said the policy was an implementation of the 2006 Law on Civil Registration.

“We still require citizens to disclose their religion when they apply for an e-ID card. However, those who subscribe to faiths other than the six official religions do not have to fill in the section on the application form,” Irman said on Tuesday.

Irman said that, in those cases, data from the application form would appear as a blank column on the e-ID.

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