The Straits Times
Published on Sep 02, 2012

Clinton must press Indonesia on rising intolerance: HRW


JAKARTA (AFP) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday called on United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pressure the Indonesian government to address rising religious intolerance, a day ahead of her visit to the country.

Indonesian authorities have failed to adequately address increasing incidents of mob violence by militant Islamist groups against religious minorities, including the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect, Christians, and Shi'ites, the New York-based rights watchdog said.

"Secretary Clinton should press the Indonesian government to take concrete steps to address rising religious intolerance," the group's Asia advocacy director John Sifton said in a statement.

"Indonesia needs to recognise that oppressive laws and policies against religious minorities fuel violence and discrimination," he added.