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Jakarta Post

RI refuses to comply with UN on human rights

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 18 2012   /  09:30 am

The country will likely register a bleak record in the protection of religious minorities in the next four years following the government’s decision to reject a recommendation from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) urging Indonesia to revoke laws and regulations that curb religious freedom.The UNHRC’s quadrennial “Universal Periodic Review” in May requested that Indonesia amend or revoke laws and regulations that banned religious freedom, including the 1965 Blasphemy Law, the 1969 and 2006 ministerial decrees on the construction of places of worship, and the 2008 joint ministerial decree on Ahmadiyah.In response, the Indonesian government has included them on list of items that “the government is unable to support”. The government is expected to present its response at the UNHRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept. 19.The government maintains that the 1...