Rights group warns of ‘rise of intolerant Islamism’ in Indonesia

Source: sbs.com.au |BY NICK BAKER

President Joko Widodo is being urged to address his country’s chequered human rights record.

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Human Rights Watch has implored Indonesian President Joko Widodo to tackle an “upsurge in discrimination against religious and sexual minorities” in the Southeast Asian nation.

In a letter sent on Wednesday, the group urged the recently re-elected president to better protect “the many minority and other marginalised populations” around Indonesia, beginning with better protecting freedom of religion.

“Growing religious intolerance is a huge public concern in Indonesia … [The country] is experiencing a rise of intolerant Islamism, which has grown since … read source.

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