Indonesia's Blasphemy Law: Bleak Outlook for Minority Religions


Melissa Crouch

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 146


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: January 26, 2012
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
Free Download: PDF


One of the major challenges for any government is how to manage religious diversity, and how to provide for religious minorities in particular. In Indonesia there are six officially recognized religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. In addition, a wide range of other indigenous religions and beliefs exist outside of these groups. Melissa Crouch, Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School writes that "While Indonesia’s transition to democracy in 1998 brought about greater freedoms for all religious groups, there has also been a dramatic increase in convictions of 'deviant' groups for blasphemy."

The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center or any organization with which the author is affiliated.