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Indonesia's blasphemy law : bleak outlook for minority religions

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Title: Indonesia's blasphemy law : bleak outlook for minority religions
Authors: Crouch, Melissa
Issue Date: 26 Jan 2012
Publisher: Washington, D.C.: East-West Center in Washington
Series/Report no.: Asia Pacific bulletin ; no.146
Abstract: One of the major challenges for any government is how to manage religious diversity, and how to provide for religious minorities in particular. In Indonesia there are six officially recognized religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. In addition, a wide range of other indigenous religions and beliefs exist outside of these groups. Melissa Crouch, Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School writes that "While Indonesia’s transition to democracy in 1998 brought about greater freedoms for all religious groups, there has also been a dramatic increase in convictions of 'deviant' groups for blasphemy."
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Pages/Duration: 2 p.
Appears in Collections:Asia Pacific Bulletin

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