Indonesia: Minister: ‘House of Worship Rules Still Needed to Prevent Anarchy’

Minister Yaqut, who is said to be more tolerant, has not made strong efforts to protect minorities.

Tria Dianti, Jakarta, 23.8.2021

Indonesian religious and religious leaders of Protestant, Shia and Ahmadiyya Christians march to the DPR/MPR building denouncing the Indonesian government’s failure to guarantee religious freedom, in Jakarta on April 8, 2013.

Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said that government regulations on the conditions for the construction of houses of worship were still needed to avoid conflict between religious people and vigilante acts.

Many people hope Yaqut will be able to solve cases of intolerance after he was sworn in as Minister of Religious Affairs (Minister of Religious Affairs) in the second term of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo last October, given his track record as a figure who often speaks out about diversity.

After being sworn in as Minister of Trade in December, the former chairman of the Anshor Youth Movement, an autonomous body affiliated with Nahdlatul Ulama, pledged to end all forms of intolerance.

But such cases continue to occur.


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