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Village scraps Muslim-only regulation

  • Sri Wahyuni and Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4, 2019   /  08:53 am
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Reconciliation: The head of Karet village, Bantul, Yogyakarta, Iswanto (left), local artist Slamet Juniarto (center) and Bantul Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sahat M. Hasibuan shake hands upon hearing that a discriminatory local regulation had been revoked on Tuesday.(Kompas.com/Markus Yuwono)

A village regulation considered discriminatory against non-Muslims has been revoked following an incident that went viral on social media earlier this week. The agreement, which was enacted in 2015 by the Karet village activity group (Pokgiat) in Pleret subdistrict, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, banned non-Muslims from residing or owning land in the village. “We will revise the agreement document and maintain the good points as well as revising the ones considered to be discriminatory to non-Muslims,” Pleret subdistrict head Norman Afandi said at a meeting with Yogyakarta Home Affairs Agency head Edhi Gunawan and Bantul Interfaith Forum chairman Yasmuri on Wednesday. They visited Karet following an incident in which local residents reportedly refused to rent a house in the village to a Christian family. “We came here to get more information and to convey Relig...