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Caritas looks to free mentally disadvantaged in Indonesian diocese

BORONG (UCAN): It was 10 long years ago when Aleksius Dugis was shackled and locked in a tiny filthy hut by his family in East Manggarai district on the island of Flores, Indonesia.
 
His legs were tied to a heavy wooden post, which means he could hardly move about. During the rainy season, the hut leaked and he ended up covered in mud mixed with his own faeces. During the dry season, he had to endure extreme heat.
 
People were concerned, but did not venture inside the hut because of the foul smell.
 

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Indonesian Muslim leader wants shared idea of pluralism

Jakarta (UCAN): A Din Syamsuddin, a prominent Indonesian Muslim and co-president of the World Conference on Religions for Peace and president of the Asian Conference on Religions for Peace, has stressed the urgent need for all religions to come up with a so-called shared theology that maintains diversity and promotes tolerance. 
 
Speaking to nearly 150 religious leaders attending a one-day gathering in Moscow, Russia, on March 25, he said this is especially necessary in order to address serious problems facing mankind. 
 

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Menace to Indonesia’s mangroves

JAKARTA (UCAN): A coalition comprised of the Franciscan commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI) filed a complaint with police against PT Daya Inti Kencana on March 27 in Kupang, the capital of East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia.
 

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Indonesia’s religious leaders condemn New Zealand attacks

JAKARTA (UCAN): In response to the deadly mosque attacks that took place on March 15 in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people died, Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, Indonesia, issued a statement on March 18 condemning the “savage acts which are against the values of any religious teachings and of universal humanity.”
 

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Stop using term infidel say Indonesian clerics

JAKARTA (UCAN): Clerics from Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, have issued a call to Muslims to stop branding non-Muslims kafir—infidels. Their call came at the end of an annual three-day meeting in Banjar, West Java, on March 1.
 
The term infidel, discriminates against people of other religions, and is not in accordance with the Indonesian Constitution that recognises each citizen’s equal status and rights, the meeting was told.
 

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Outrage in Indonesia over sex abuse case

JAKARTA (UCAN): Politicians and Church activists in Indonesia have demanded justice after an 18-year-old mentally disadvantaged girl was allegedly treated as a sex slave by her father and two brothers. Reports of the crime shocked the nation.
 

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School children expelled over HIV fears

JAKARTA (UCAN): Fourteen Indonesian orphans with HIV—seven girls and seven boys aged between seven and 10-years-old—were expelled last week from a state-run school in Surakarta, in Central Java province in early February.
 
The expulsions were the result of a backlash from parents, who discovered the children were HIV positive during a parents-teacher meeting in January, the Jakarta Post reported.
 
The parents allegedly threatened to remove their children from the school if the orphans were not expelled.

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Conservatives attack sexual violence bill

JAKARTA (UCAN): “We do need more detailed and explicit rules because when we report cases of sexual violence, police are often confused as to what legal redress they can use against perpetrators,” Sister Maria Yosephina Pahlawati of the Congregation of Servants of the Holy Spirit,  said, commenting on a groundbreaking sexual violence bill before Indonesia’s legislature.
 

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Aid rushed to Indonesian flood and landslide victims

JAKARTA (UCAN): Aid is being rushed to victims of floods and landslides in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province that have killed dozens of people and displaced thousands over the third week of January.
 
At least 68 people were reported dead and 6,700 others were made homeless, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said on January 27.
 

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Officials caught stealing quake aid money

Jakarta (UCAN): Police in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, have arrested three officials of the local Religious Affairs Ministry for allegedly demanding kickbacks from funds to repair 58 mosques damaged during powerful earthquakes that hit the province in July and August last year.
 
The quakes killed at least 563 people and damaged thousands of buildings, including 630 mosques.
 
The three suspects allegedly demanded 20 per cent of US$426,000 ($3.3 million) set aside to fund the repair of 58 mosques.
 

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