Regulating Places of Worship in Indonesia: Upholding Freedom of Religion for Religious Minorities?
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 96-116, July 2007
Focusing on places of worship in Indonesia, this paper examines whether the right to freedom of religion for religious minorities is protected by recent changes to the law. The paper begins by looking at an Old Decree, which was an attempt by the New Order to control religion and came to be used as justification by radical Islamic groups to close churches. Given a number of key changes in the law since the end of the New Order, this Old Decree became obsolete. The second part of this paper analyses the New Regulation. It does this by charting the debate surrounding the New Regulation, outlining the present framework of the Regulation and then discussing the response of the public since its introduction. The final part reflects on why the New Regulation was passed by the government and suggests options to restore the right to freedom of religion for religious minorities in relation to places of worship.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 17, 2007 ; Last revised: May 3, 2011
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