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Jakarta initiative to train preachers of peace

Jakarta (UCAN): The city government of Jakarta is working with Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, to train and educate up to 1,000 Islamic preachers to spread messages of unity and peace in a bid to combat a rise in extremism and religious intolerance. The programme is scheduled to begin in November.
 
Jakarta’s new governor, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, said authorities want to educate preachers “to preach proper Islamic teachings … and a tolerant Islam.”
 

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Asian face for Asian Youth Day

HONG KONG (SE): Young people from the Hong Kong that had travelled to Indonesia for the Seventh Asian Youth Day in Yogyakarta, which ran from July 30 to August 6, reflected that the experience was a great introduction for them to the wide variety of cultures hosted by the Asian continent and the importance of loving God’s creation.
 

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Blurring the trail to the drug lords

JAKARTA (UCAN): Amnesty International claims that the number of suspected drug traffickers killed by authorities in Indonesia has increased significantly since last year as a result of a shoot-on-sight policy. 
 
Bramantya Basuki said on August 15 following the recent fatal shooting of two suspected drug traffickers, “A total of 61 Indonesians and foreigners have been shot dead by law enforcement officers since January this year. Last year, there were 13 suspected drug traffickers killed.” 
 

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Hang onto your land

JAYAPURA (UCAN): Bishop John Philip Saklil, from Timika in the troubled Indonesian province of Papua, warned the traditional owners of the land that they should hold onto the last vestiges that remain of their possession.
 

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Can only minorities be blasphemous?

JAKARTA (SE): The Indonesian Catholic Students Association has called on police in Jakarta to process a complaint it filed against the Islamic cleric, Muhammad Rizieq Syihab.
 

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Indonesia’s image of a pluralist society shaken