Tolikara: Majority-minority ties and its discontent

AL KHANIF, The Jakarta Post London | Sat, July 25, 2015 | 10:15 am Most Indonesians were shocked by the incident in Tolikara, Papua, when Muslims who held an Idul Fitri prayer service in a local mosque were disrupted by a violent Christian mob affiliated with the Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GIDI). Some Muslims overreacted […]

Rohingya: The problem of minority groups

AL KHANIF, The Jakarta Post London | Wed, May 27, 2015 | 07:25 am The Rohingya have long experienced state-sanctioned discrimination. Recently, they have been persecuted as a result of the influence of hate speeches by Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu. His speeches added fuel to communal conflicts in 2012 and 2013. Since then, many Rohingya […]

Blaspheming religion vs blaspheming humanity

AL KHANIF, The Jakarta Post Jakarta | Fri, December 23, 2016 | 09:09 am In the past few months, Indonesia, particularly Jakarta, has been on high alert for massive protests to persecute a person accused of blaspheming a religion. The reactions of people and organizations supporting the protests demonstrate their choice of protecting religion over respecting humanity. […]

The paradox of religious (in)tolerance in Indonesia

AL KHANIF, The Jakarta Post London | Fri, October 16, 2015 | 04:37 pm Indonesia has once again witnessed religious violence, this time a clash between a majority group and a minority. The violence occurred in Aceh Singkil, and resulted in the destruction of a church, one man dead and others injured. Not long ago […]