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Jokowi ‘overlooks’ religious intolerance

  • Markus Makur and Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

West Manggarai/Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  12:49 am

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,” religious freedom activist Judianto Simanjuntak wrot...