Inconsistent implementation inhibits religious freedom, church leaders say.
Posted on April 25, 2016,
Protestant leaders in Aceh met with Indonesian human rights officials April 22 over the inconsistent implementation of Islamic law in the province, which the church leaders say has restricted religious freedom.
At issue is the construction and administration of churches in the province. Within the past nine months, 10 Christian churches have been torn down by local authorities or attacked by a Muslim mob.
Last August, a mob burned down the Pakpak Dairi Christian Protestant Church in Mandumpang village, killing one person and forcing thousands of Christians to flee the area. Two months later, Sharia officials tore down nine Christian churches — including two Catholic mission stations — that the officials said had no permits to operate.