Religion, Human Rights, and Peace in Indonesia


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As Indonesians prepare to vote in national elections on April 17, they face contentious issues regarding human rights and the role of civil society.  New social movements have emerged that project an Islamist identity at the expense of the rights of religious minorities and of women and sexual minorities. The government has responded by banning the Islamist organization, Hizbut Tahrir, touching off disagreements among human rights defenders over the limits of free speech and religious tolerance. 

New posts in the March 2019 issue of Peace Policy:

Kroc Institute Visiting Scholar Peter van Tuijl sets the context of this debate by offering an overview of civil society in Indonesia. More »

Caroline Hughes, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Chair of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, examines historically-rooted structural limitations to Indonesian democracy. More »

Notre Dame Theology Ph.D. student, Lailatul Fitriyah, discusses gendered dimensions of Indonesian state identity. More »   

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Originally published by at on March 22, 2019.