UN rights chief: Intolerance making inroads in Indonesia

Source: Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says “strains of intolerance” once thought foreign to Indonesia are making inroads in the world’s most populous Muslim nation and warned the government against criminalizing its LGBT citizens.

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Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said Wednesday that “extremist views” playing out in mainstream Indonesian politics are “deeply worrying” and are accompanied by rising levels of incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence.

Zeid was speaking on the last day of a three-day visit to Indonesia where he met officials including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, civil society organizations and victims of human rights abuses including indigenous Papuans and farmers dispossessed by land grabs by agricultural conglomerates.

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