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Jakarta Post

State of nation address overlooks religious intolerance, social justice: Critics

  • Markus Makur and Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

West Manggarai and Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19, 2019   /  10:06 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, dressed in golden attire with a black and gold sarong and traditional headband from West Nusa Tenggara, delivers his state of the nation address at the House of Representatives complex in Jakarta.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s annual state of the nation speech, which he delivered on Friday ahead of Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day, covered wide-ranging topics including the development of human capital and the imminent relocation of the country’s capital city to Kalimantan. However, several activists affiliated with local nongovernmental organizations have criticized the president for overlooking persistent issues that have long plagued the country, such as the rights of religious minorities and the re-evaluation of laws deemed prone to exploitation.  “True independence [is achieved] when President Jokowi guarantees religious freedom for every citizen without exception, including members of the Filadelfia Congregation of Batak Protestant Churches [HKBP Filadelfia] and the Indonesian Christian Church [GKI] Yasmin,” reli...