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FIRST NON-MUSLIM TO BE SWORN IN AS JAKARTA GOVERNOR

The secular country of 240 million people has seen a rise in attacks over the last decade against Christians, Shia Muslims and members of Ahmadiyah, a small Islamic sect. Deputy Governor…

5 Common Myths about Islam Propagated by the Media

by Luis Durani In the last several months, we have seen a large rise in anti-Muslim sentiments expressed especially among commentators and the news media. Since 9/11, Islam has become…

Indonesia drafts the protection of religious communities bill for tolerance

The new bill will allow all religious groups to perform religious teachings in public. Fresh from allowing citizens to leave the religion column on their ID cards blank, the government…

MONEY LOGGING – Rooting out corruption in the forests of Borneo

By Thomas Stephens SWISSINFO.CH NOV 5, 2014 – 17:00 Corruption is the driving force behind the destruction of the Malaysian rainforests and the displacement of indigenous people, according to a…

Indonesia: Religious Intolerance & Sectarian Violence

Source: globalindonesianvoices.com | By: Global Indonesian Voices GIVnews.com - Indonesia, a spectacular archipelago of over 13,000 islands, is a country that boasts a vast religious landscape, defined by its blasphemy law that provides equal official…

Indonesia: Minister Promises Bill to Protect Religious Minorities

Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin says all Indonesians should be allowed to follow and practice their own beliefs, free from persecution. (Antara Photo/Mohamad Hamzah)   Jakarta. The lone minister to…

Editorial: Lukman and Jokowi — A Force for Change- for Minorities

By Jakarta Globe on 12:50 am Oct 31, 2014 President Joko Widodo’s decision to retain Lukman Hakim Saifuddin as minister of religious affairs may have been a concession to the minister’s party,…

Indonesian religious aides ‘drafting law’ to shield minorities

Miko Morelos Thursday, October 30 2014 The government of newly-elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo says it has begun the groundwork for ensuring protection of minorities in the country. Indonesia’s religious…

Indonesia: Displaced Ahmadis hope for change after Jokowi’s inauguration

Source: thejakartapost.com The inauguration of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla as the Indonesian president and vice president for 2014-2019 has brought hope to displaced Ahmadis, who have been living at…

Indonesian officials ordered to pay for second wife

MATARAM, An Indonesian district has ordered male civil servants to pay Sh5000 ($80) to marry a second wife to crack down on polygamy, officials said Wednesday, but activists criticised it…

Malaysia: “Islamic conservatism spells bad news for Muslims” says banned Indonesian scholar

Source: themalaymailonline.com He has spoken out against the religious edicts issued by Indonesia’s top Islamic council of clerics, including a prohibition for Muslims to offer Christmas greetings to Christians, and his…

Non-Muslim women offer flowers in show of solidarity with Canberra’s Islamic community

Ten non-Muslim women, wearing hijabs and carrying flowers, have touched Canberra’s Islamic community with their simple message of love and solidarity. After a week of heightened anti-Islamic rhetoric in Canberra,…

Sealing Ahmadiyya Mosque Depok deny Constitution 45- Legal Aid Foundation

Note: The news has been translated in to English with help of Google Translator GATRA news:  sealing action of Masjid Al – Hidayah belonging to the Ahmadiyya community, on Highway…

The AMC Indonesia holding first Peace Symposium at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta

Indonesian Ahmadis invite to PEACE. As the world is facing serious conflicts and threats to peace, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who resides in London, U.K., has launched…

Perth’s Muslim children bearing brunt

“I’M just a simple kid. I’m not a terrorist”. These are the heartbreaking words of a 10-year-old Perth boy who has become an unwitting victim of the terrorist activities of…

Indonesia: Newly elected Jokowi administration urged to tackle issue of religius intolerance

Source: thejakartapost.com | news.asiaone.com Attacks against Ahmadis, the displacement of Shia followers and discrimination against [adherents of] local belief [systems] are problems that require an immediate response. Intolerance in the country had reached…

UK opens first clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation

Source: Reuters Britain’s first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in London on Monday as part of a push to eradicate the illegal ritual in…

‘Jilbab’ phenomenon: Religious or cultural?

The Jakarta Post: How do we deal with the so-called jilboobs, an Indonesian term for Muslim women wearing the jilbab (Islamic headscarf) while at the same time wearing clothes that…

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