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ICC Note:

The rise of religious based intolerance and discrimination against religious minorities is increasing in the Southeast Asian region. Apart from China and North Korea, which already have a reputation for persecuting Christian minorities, countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, and Cambodia are also experiencing religious turbulence. Indonesian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was sentenced to 2-year imprisonment for blasphemy during the election campaign. This case manifests the level of religious intolerance that is present in some Southeast Asian countries.

10/25/2017 Indonesia (Christian Today) – The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religious Belief (IPPFoRB) recently launched a four-part report that looks into the religious challenges in Southeast Asia, namely rise of religious-based intolerance, discrimination against minorities or native peoples, securitization of freedom or belief in fighting terrorism, and the need to uphold international human rights standards in this general context.

IPPFoRB launched the report during a workshop attended by 25 members of parliament from ASEAN countries earlier this month. The said event was hosted by IPPFoRB and ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).

These reports from IPPFoRB will serve as guide to parliamentarians and civil society organizations across Southeast Asia, providing them with tools for accountability to freedom of religion or belief. 

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