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Regulating Places of Worship in Indonesia: Upholding Freedom of Religion for Religious Minorities?

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 96-116, July 2007

21 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2007 Last revised: 3 May 2011

Melissa Crouch

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Crouch, Melissa, Regulating Places of Worship in Indonesia: Upholding Freedom of Religion for Religious Minorities?. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 96-116, July 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1074746

Melissa Amy Crouch (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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