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Indonesia: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid Conservative, Bromsgrove

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of levels of religious freedom in Indonesia.

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

Indonesia's constitution provides for religious freedom for all and the country has strong pluralist and inclusive traditions. However, despite Indonesia's positive progress on human rights, we are concerned about recent violent incidents against religious minorities.

Our ambassador raised freedom of religion concerns with the Indonesian Attorney-General on 21 April 2011. On 5 May 2011, the EU in Jakarta held a meeting for EU partners with members of the Ahmadiyya community that was subjected to a violent attack in February 2011.

Tackling discrimination and protecting minority communities was also discussed with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels on 9 March 2011.

Along with our EU partners, we continue to call for religious tolerance across Indonesia and to press the authorities to ensure respect for the rights of all religious minorities.

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