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Christians in Indonesia’s Papua Rally Over Sharia

ICC Note:

Christians in Indonesia are raising their voices against the implementation of Sharia law in Papua. Papua is one of the few regions in Indonesia where Christians have some majorities, but an increasing number of Muslims settling in the area is causing some pressure to bring in sharia regulations.

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8/5/08 Indonesia (Reuters-India) About 1,000 people from a Christian group in Indonesia’s Papua held a rally on Tuesday to protest against any implementation of Islamic law in the province where an increasing number of Muslims have settled.

Indonesia’s Aceh province is the only area to use sharia as part of a local autonomy deal, but some local governments have also tried to bring in sharia regulations.

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