Indonesia: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2010.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan Conservative, Loughborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to promote inter-religious dialogue and co-operation in Indonesia.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We, along with our EU partners, raise human rights concerns with the Indonesian Government and have pressed the authorities to ensure the rights of all religious minorities. We will continue to call for religious tolerance across Indonesia.

At the UK's request, freedom of religion was included as a substantive item on the agenda of the first EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue held in June 2010. The EU noted Indonesia's efforts in promoting interfaith dialogue and raised concerns over treatment of the Ahmadiyya community and recent attacks on Christians.

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