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Mosque closure criticised by Church in Indonesia

Jakarta (UCAN): The forced closure of a mosque belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the Sukabumi district of West Java in Indonesia on July 26, has drawn criticism from the secretary of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference,

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What’s the cover up in mass executions?

HONG KONG (SE): As Indonesian government guns were aimed at 14 people found guilty of drug related crimes and their lifeless bodies slumped to the ground at midnight on July 28, Father Antonius Benny Susetyo was asking what the drive to execute aims to cover up.

The secretary of the Setara Institute for Democracy in Jakarta pointed to testimony given by Fredi Budiman, who fell before the guns at the hour where this life morphed into the next.

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Death penalty deprives victims of justice

HONG KONG (SE): In the wake of an announcement by the government in Indonesia that it plans to execute a further 16 convicted drug traffickers after the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the end of the holy fast of Ramadan, Pope Francis has come out strongly against the death penalty.

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Indonesia set to host two major youth events

VAtican (UCAN): “We hope by having those two big events, we would like to expose that … Catholics are part of the Indonesian people,” Antonius Agus Sriyono, Indonesia’s ambassador to the Holy See said, as the country gears up to host  Indonesian Youth Day, from October 1 to 6 in Manado, and Asian Youth Day from 30 July 30 to 6 August 2017, in Yogyakarta, Vatican Radio reported.

“They have to have tolerance for other religions,” the ambassador said.

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Ready—aim—fire

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): Indonesia is preparing to execute 40 people, most of whom are under a death sentence for drug trafficking.

The attorney general, H.M. Prasetyo, made the announcement on April 3 without disclosing the names of the condemned, although it is believed that some big time drug runners are on the list.

No date has been set for the executions, but the attorney general hinted that it might be in May.

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Papua wants out from Indonesian thumb

JAYAPURA (UCAN): Peaceful demonstrations in support of Papuan independence from Indonesia were held in several areas of the predominantly Christian provinces of Papua and West Papua on April 13.

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Indonesia accused of slow genocide in Papua

BRISBANE (SE): A report from a fact-finding commission of the Justice and Peace Commission from Brisbane, Australia, has concluded that there is a slow motion genocide occurring in the Indonesian province of Papua.

It accuses Indonesia of wanting to replace the Christian religion of the indigenous Papuan population with Islam.

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Terrorism attacks in Jakarta rekindle fears across Asia

JAKARTA (UCAN): The January 14 terrorist attack on the entertainment and shopping district of Jakarta in Indonesia has raised fears right across Asia.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We’re so concerned about the attacks. We strongly condemn such acts that ignore humanity and (cause) such terror among the Indonesian people,” Veronica Wiwiek Sulistyo, the chairperson of the Indonesia Catholic Society Forum, said.

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Presidential call for action on rights abuses met with caution

Jakarta (UCAN): “To the attorney-general, I call on you to deal with the heritage of past human rights (abuses) so that there will be no problems for all of us,” Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, said at a January 5 meeting in Jakarta.

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A colourful Indonesian Christmas

HONG KONG (SE): The Indonesian Catholic Community in Hong Kong celebrated Christmas with colour and song at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay at a Mass on the afternoon of December 25, led by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, and a morning worship service that featured well-known pop singer, Agustinus Gusti Nugroho, buoying spirits and setting the scene for a joyful day.

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