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ICC Note: There is current legislation in process that could cause churches all over Indonesia to shut down. We must continue to fight this legislation so the people of Indonesia can have the freedom of religion that they deserve.

6/9/2006 AgapePress – The director of a Christian human rights group says persecution of Christians is on the rise throughout Indonesia . Ann Buwalda, director of the Virginia-based Jubilee Campaign, says recent developments in that country have heightened concerns for her and her staff.

Jubilee Campaign, which monitors countries known for persecuting Christians, reports that rapid growth of Christianity across Indonesia , has caused Muslims to claim that Christianity must be resisted with force. In recent years the government of Indonesia has closed more than 150 churches in the capital city of Jakarta and throughout the island of Java , the country’s most populous island.

Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, and that nation’s government has been cited in the U.S. State Department’s report on international religious freedom as among those nations that have enacted discriminatory legislation or policies prejudicial to certain religions.

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