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West Sumatra students learn more about the religion that surrounds them

Young Catholic in West Sumatra have organized a program to learn about the Islamic practices they see every day in the majority Muslim country. The four-hour program that took place earlier this month was based around participants’ questions on the five pillars of Islam: creed, daily prayers, alms-giving, fasting, and pilgrimage. About 75 Catholics aged 16-24 from around Padang province ...

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Human Rights Watch Slams Indonesia for Minority Rights, Imprisoned Activists

Indonesia must do more to defend minority rights and free imprisoned activists to set an example for other consolidating democracies in the wake of the Arab Spring, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday. The annual World Report, which reviews progress on human rights in over 90 countries, identified religious violence, discriminatory local by-laws and the ...

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SBY Wants Indonesia to Listen to Minorities

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the nation not to ignore the voice of minorities in what he insisted was a multicultural democracy. “We should not ignore the voice of minorities with different group identities,” he said on Tuesday in a presidential lecture organized by the Indonesian National Youth Committee (KNPI). Yudhoyono said that one of the biggest challenges ...

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Din Syamsuddin Mother Dies

The large family of Muhammadiyah grieved, Tuesday (12/04/2012) morning at 6:15 PST yesterday informed that the mother of Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin, Rohana Hj Shamsuddin died in the “Harapan Keluarga” Hospital in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara. According to a several of local contributors, Din Syamsuddin mother’s body was flown from Mataram at 12.00 pm this afternoon, toward the funeral home ...

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Police release 13 Poso suspects

Poso Police Chief Sr. Comr. Eko Santoso said on Sunday that 13 residents of Kayamanya subdistrict, who were detained following a clash between residents and security personnel on Saturday had been released. “We found no evidence that they are related to any terrorism network,” Eko told The Jakarta Post. The 13 were detained after they ran amok and attacking the ...

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HKBP Filadelfia church congregation harassed, again

An angry mob once again assaulted the members of the Congregation of Batak Protestant Churches (HKBP) Filadelfia on Sunday morning as the parishioners were trying to attend their house of worship – the second attack within a week. The congregation was reportedly entering their church, located on Jejalen Raya village in Bekasi, West Java, at around 9 a.m. when a ...

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Irshad Manji rushed out of book-launch

Canadian liberal Muslim activist Irshad Manji was escorted out of the Salihara venue in South Jakarta on Friday, where she was supposed to launch her new book, Allah, Liberty and Love. “I love you all and I am proud of you all,” she said to the people who attended the event, which was abruptly stopped by police following demonstrations outside. ...

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