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Jakarta Post

Religious Affairs Ministry, rights body join forces to tackle religious intolerance

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 16, 2021   /  02:18 pm
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Tolerance: A motorcyclist passes a mural depicting representatives of multiple religions in Cinere, Depok, West Java, on July 29, 2020.(JP/P.J. Leo)

Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Ministry is working together with the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to form a joint help desk, which activists hope will help reduce the probability of intolerance in the country. The collaboration, announced earlier this month, aims to offer quick responses to issues of religious discrimination, Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas has said. Both sides have identified existing cases of religious intolerance and discussed working mechanisms for the desk, as well as the most effective strategy for intervention, said Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara. Beka told The Jakarta Post that the desk would handle reports from native-faith followers as well as other minority groups such as the Ahmadiyah, alongside any grievances from the six major religious groups that are recognized by the state. In multiethnic an...