Indonesia Report

Indonesia Report: Pluralism in Peril

“The government is inconsistent. It proclaims pluralism and interfaith dialogue, and so receives international acclaim, but it is very indecisive and reluctant to act. If the government is more confident, then I am more confident we can overcome these challenges. The culture and nature of Indonesia is not extreme. The majority want harmony, tolerance, peace.” A representative of Muhammadiyah, one of the two largest Indonesian Muslim organisations.

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has a long tradition of pluralism, freedom of religion or belief, and inter-religious harmony, and is widely respected around the world for its successful transition from authoritarian rule to democracy. Rising religious intolerance, however, threatens to destroy these achievements, and poses a threat not only to the country’s religious minorities but to all Indonesians who value democracy, human rights, peace and stability.... Read full report



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