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Christian removed from role after Muslim protests

Indonesian authorities have removed a Catholic from his role as the head of a sub-district after protests from Muslim residents at the appointment of a Christian.

Yulius Suharto, head of the Pajangan sub-district in the Bantul Regency of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, was only appointed on 30 December but will now be moved to a region where the majority are not Muslims, reports Asia News.

The move came after local Muslims campaigned against his appointment on social media.

World Watch Monitor recently reported that Indonesia has shown a steady increase in violations of religious freedom over the past year, according to the country’s National Commission for Human Rights. Indonesia also features on Christian charity Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 countries in which it is most difficult to live as a Christian. Indonesia is no. 46 on the 2017 list.

Two high-profile blasphemy cases are currently ongoing in the country – the first against the Christian Governor of Jakarta for allegedly “misusing” a verse from the Qur’an; the second against a Muslim cleric alleged to have mocked Christianity.

Indonesia religious freedom violation ‘increasing’

Indonesia has shown a steady increase in violations of religious freedom over the past year, according to the country’s National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

In 2016, Komnas HAM received 97 reports of violations, compared to 87 in 2015 and 74 in 2014, according to the organisation’s faith freedom desk coordinator Jayadi Damanik.

“The number, of course, doesn’t necessarily reflect the actual circumstance because there were cases that went unreported,” Damanik told the Jakarta Post.

West Java had the highest number of reported cases, with 21, while Jakarta came second with 19. The most frequent reports related to “prohibition and vandalism against houses of worship” (44) and “prohibiting religious followers to practise their religions” (19).

Indonesia also features on Christian charity Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 countries in which it is most difficult to live as a Christian. Indonesia is No. 46 on the 2017 list.

Two high-profile blasphemy cases are currently ongoing in Indonesia – the first against the Christian Governor of Jakarta for allegedly “misusing” a verse from the Qur’an; the second against a Muslim cleric alleged to have mocked Christianity.

Chinese pastor Joseph Gu arrested again

The former leader of China’s largest official Protestant “mega-church” has been arrested and charged for the second time with misappropriating funds.

Gu Yuese (also known as Joseph Gu) was arrested on 7 January, a year after being arrested on the same charges. (He was released on bail in March 2016, but kept under police surveillance.)

As with his previous arrest, rights groups claim his detention is “politically motivated” and relates to his public opposition to government’s removal of crosses from churches in Zhejiang Province.

After that first arrest, Gu was dismissed from his post as senior pastor of the Chongyi Church in Hangzhou, a government-approved church with around 10,000 members. Local Christians told Radio Free Asia he did not return to work after his release.

Source: Hong Kong Free Press

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