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Government dismisses ‘incidental’ religious violence

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 16 2012   /  07:35 am

A minister is rejecting claims made by the United Nations high commissioner on human rights that the government has done little to stop religious violence in the nation.

Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin claimed that the government had indeed taken measures to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their religion, could practice their faith freely.

Amir described the violent attacks directed at religious minorities as relatively minor problems for a populous nation that was too much for the government to manage.

“There might be places where attacks on certain minority groups occurred. However, they are incidental,” Amir told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

“Indonesia has a population of over 240 million who are spread over a vast area. We have too many people to deal with,” according to the minister.

Amir said that the government had...