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Petrus Riski is a journalist based in Surabaya, Indonesia.
I like the coverage of the environmental, socio-cultural and innovation fields.
Covering features and in-depth is my specialty in writing news. I know Surabaya and East Java very well. If you need my ability to cover in the East Java region, I will be very ready. However, I do not rule out the possibility that if I am needed to do coverage outside the East Java region, by providing a detailed description of the task.
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Expert: For Guaranteeing Freedom of Religion and Belief, an Inclusive Citizenship Approach is Needed

25 Mar 2024  |  voaindonesia.com
Zainal Abidin Bagir, a lecturer at Universitas Gajah Mada and director of the Indonesia Consortium for Religious Studies, discusses the ambiguity in advocating for freedom of religion and belief in Indonesia, which can lead to public unrest. He highlights the judicialization of religious conflicts, using legal reasons, including blasphemy issues. Renata Arianingtyas, Director of The Asia Foundation, notes that the reformation period brought about economic and political crises, as well as opportunities for regional autonomy and significant sectarian conflicts between 1999 and 2004. She points out that the state remains a primary actor in recurring social conflicts, followed by societal groups with regional and social identities. Both experts agree that advocacy efforts for religious freedom have been extensive, including dialogue and cooperation with the government, and that a variety of advocacy approaches are necessary.

Anticipating Climate Change, Government Prepares Food Production Buffer Zones

07 Mar 2024  |  voaindonesia.com
The Indonesian government is preparing buffer zones for national food production outside Java to ensure food availability amidst the climate crisis. Budi Waryanto from the National Food Agency mentioned potential areas in Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Papua. The discussion highlighted recent food price spikes in Indonesia, influenced by climate change and geopolitical tensions. Experts emphasized the need for climate literacy among farmers, appropriate technology access, and the revival of local wisdom in planting patterns to combat climate change impacts on food production.

Antibiotic Resistance, Nearly 75% of ICU Patients Cannot Be Saved

04 Dec 2023  |  voaindonesia.com
Approximately 70-75% of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) die due to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, with global deaths from antimicrobial resistance reaching 1.27 million. Harry Parathon, Chair of the Antimicrobial Resistance Control Committee, revealed these figures during a discussion in Surabaya. He emphasized the need to correct 70-80% of antibiotic prescriptions in Indonesia, as misuse and overuse are prevalent. The World Health Organization is currently assessing the global issue of inappropriate antibiotic use. The public is advised to avoid treating antibiotics as a cure-all and to use them wisely to prevent an era where diseases are untreatable by any antibiotics.

Accident of 2 Indonesian Air Force Planes in Pasuruan, 4 Dead

16 Nov 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Two EMB 314 Super Tucano aircraft from the Indonesian Air Force's 21st Squadron crashed in Pasuruan, East Java, resulting in four fatalities. The aircraft lost contact during a proficiency formation flight. The Indonesian Air Force has dispatched an investigation team to determine the cause of the accident, while the East Java Disaster Management Agency has assisted in the search and evacuation efforts.

Muhammadiyah Student Association Holds Solidarity Action for Palestine

07 Nov 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Hundreds of protesters from the Muhammadiyah Student Association in East Java held a solidarity action for Palestine in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, demanding an end to Israeli military aggression and U.S. military support for Israel. The protest, led by Ali Mustain, called for the expulsion of the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia. International relations expert Probo Darono Yakti highlighted the ongoing global support for Palestine and the challenges posed by the UN Security Council's veto power and the unstable political situation in Israel. Despite the tensions, Probo does not foresee a larger war involving major powers like China or Russia.

Health and Energy Industries Support Indonesia's Economic Growth

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The Indonesian government is addressing the issue of citizens seeking healthcare abroad by developing the Sanur Special Economic Zone (KEK) in Bali, aimed at providing top-tier medical services. The initiative, led by the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) and supported by the Ministry of Health, aims to integrate specialist doctors, including Indonesian diaspora, to practice in Indonesia. This development is expected to significantly reduce the annual expenditure of approximately Rp100 trillion on overseas healthcare. Additionally, the government plans to establish new industrial clusters to further boost economic growth.

BMKG Says Bawean Earthquake Triggered by Fault Activity Energy Release

05 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported two significant earthquakes in Bawean, with magnitudes of 5.9 and 6.5, followed by 64 aftershocks. Daryono, Head of the Earthquake and Tsunami Center, explained that the shallow crustal earthquakes were caused by energy release from fault activity and brittle rock conditions. He emphasized the importance of awareness and preparedness in tectonically active regions. Acting Head of Technical Seismology, Setyoajie Prayoedhie, mentioned that a team has been dispatched to conduct macroseismic and microseismic surveys to assess damage, risk, and potential future earthquakes, aiding in building design improvements and emergency planning.

Human Rights and Child Rights Activists Strongly Condemn the Shaving of Junior High School Students in Lamongan

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Human rights and child rights activists have strongly condemned the recent incident where a teacher shaved the heads of several junior high school students in Lamongan, East Java. The activists labeled the act, which was triggered by the students not wearing an inner hijab, as a form of violence.

Renewable Energy, Solution for Energy Independence in Remote Areas

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Experts highlight the potential of renewable energy sources like solar power and jatropha curcas to meet the energy needs of remote areas in Indonesia, such as Nusa Penida. Professor Ida Ayu Giriantari from Universitas Udayana emphasizes the significant solar energy potential and the feasibility of cultivating jatropha for biodiesel. Tri Mumpuni Wiyatno from IBEKA underscores the importance of human capital and proper funding to harness Indonesia's abundant renewable resources, including wind, biomass, and micro-hydro power, to achieve energy independence in remote regions.

Experts: To Ensure Freedom of Religion and Belief, an Inclusive Citizenship Approach is Needed

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Experts argue that Indonesia continues to face serious issues regarding freedom of religion and belief, with many cases unresolved even 20 years after reforms. There is a tendency for some parties to use the law to act against those considered different, highlighting the need for an inclusive citizenship approach to ensure religious freedom.

Building IKN as a Smart and Environmentally Friendly City, Is It in Line with Reality?

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The Indonesian government is preparing to build Ibu Kota Nusantara (IKN) as a new smart and environmentally friendly city, utilizing green technology and sustainable practices. Ali Berawi from the Otorita Ibu Kota Nusantara outlines the technological infrastructure plans, while Myrna Safitri emphasizes the use of renewable energy and environmental conservation efforts. However, Mareta Sari from Jaringan Advokasi Tambang (JATAM) criticizes the project, questioning its feasibility and sincerity due to the long-standing environmental damage in East Kalimantan. The article presents a balanced view of the government's ambitious plans and the skepticism from environmental advocates.

IKOHI Launches Film on Victims of Forced Disappearance in 1998, Hopes Young Generation Will Not Forget

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
IKOHI, in collaboration with #kawanhermanbimo, launched a documentary film titled 'Yang (Tak Pernah) Hilang' that tells the story of two Surabaya students who disappeared during the May 1998 Reformasi movement. The initiative aims to ensure that the younger generation does not forget these historical events.

Increase in Cigarette Excise Rates Key to Controlling Cigarette Consumption

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Activists and experts agree that increasing cigarette excise rates is crucial for reducing smoking rates in Indonesia, including among children. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance highlights significant economic losses due to suboptimal excise rates and recommends a 25% increase. Hasbullah Thabrany and Faisal Basri emphasize the effectiveness of higher excise rates in controlling tobacco consumption and reducing poverty. The Indonesian government, represented by Febri Pamungkas, is working on both fiscal and non-fiscal policies to enhance tobacco control, including revising regulations to accelerate these efforts.

Human Rights and Child Rights Activists Strongly Condemn the Shaving of a Junior High School Student in Lamongan

10 Aug 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Human rights and child rights activists have strongly condemned the incident in Lamongan where a junior high school student was shaved by a teacher. Isa Anshori from the East Java Child Protection Agency criticized the act as a violation of child rights and contrary to educational regulations. Aries Adi Leksono from the Indonesian Child Protection Commission emphasized that violence cannot be justified for discipline. Aan Anshori from the Anti-Discrimination Islamic Network expressed concern over conservative religious views in education. The local government has resolved the issue, with the teacher apologizing and measures being taken to prevent future occurrences.

IDI: Air Pollution Causes Various Health Problems for the Community

08 Aug 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Indonesia is among the countries with the worst air pollution globally, with Jakarta being a significant hotspot. Agus Dwi Susanto from the Indonesian Doctors Association highlights the severe long-term health risks of air pollution, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Early detection and regular health check-ups are crucial for those exposed to high pollution levels. Environmental activist Daru Setyorini from ECOTON describes air pollution as a 'silent killer' and emphasizes its broader environmental impacts. Solutions include holistic approaches to pollution reduction, such as using public transportation and adhering to WHO air quality standards.

Tobacco Control Regulations Not Unified, A Threat to Indonesian Children

27 Jul 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Tobacco control regulations in Indonesia are not unified, posing a significant threat to the health and welfare of Indonesian children. The lack of cohesive policies undermines efforts to protect young people from the dangers of smoking.

Diversity Activists Regret the Issuance of Supreme Court Circular on Interfaith Marriage

20 Jul 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The Supreme Court of Indonesia's Circular No. 2 of 2023, which provides guidelines for judges in adjudicating requests for the registration of interfaith marriages, has caused public unrest. Diversity activists express regret over the issuance, highlighting concerns about its impact on social harmony and inclusivity.

SMRC Survey: Ganjar's Voter Solidity Highest Compared to Other Presidential Candidates

14 Jul 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Ganjar Pranowo, a presidential candidate from PDI-P, is predicted to retain 73% of his voters, the highest solidity compared to other candidates Anies Baswedan and Prabowo Subianto, according to an SMRC survey. The survey highlights the influence of political party support and the potential for voter shifts before the 2024 presidential election. Political experts emphasize the importance of party alignment, clear candidate pairings, and campaign messages in solidifying voter bases. The survey also notes a significant portion of undecided voters, awaiting further candidate declarations and campaign developments.

Surabaya City Government Takes Action Against Residents Disposing of Sacrificial Animal Waste in River

14 Jul 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The Surabaya City Government is conducting operations to prevent the disposal of sacrificial animal waste into rivers following reports of such activities after Idul Adha. Agus Hebi Djuniantoro, head of the city's Environmental Agency, emphasized the negative impact on river aesthetics and pollution. The government has issued directives for animal slaughter to be conducted at designated facilities with proper waste management systems. Local residents, including Zamroni Fauzan, support these measures, highlighting the environmental and health risks. ECOTON researcher Amirrudin Muttaqin warned about the increased E. coli levels in rivers due to waste disposal, urging continuous public education and proper waste management facilities.

Survey by SMRC: No Vice Presidential Candidate Can Boost Ganjar's Votes

10 Jul 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
A survey by SMRC indicates that no current vice presidential candidate has the potential to significantly boost the electoral votes for Ganjar Pranowo. The findings suggest that Ganjar's current standing in the polls remains unaffected by potential running mates.

Conservation of Water Catchment Areas to Preserve Groundwater in Indonesia

16 May 2023  |  VOA Indonesia
Mountainous upstream areas in Indonesia, crucial for groundwater replenishment, face threats from land-use changes. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) notes 421 groundwater basins across Indonesia, with over 100 billion cubic meters of water. Unregulated groundwater extraction poses risks, particularly in Java's urban areas. Conservation requires understanding the source and container of groundwater, with reforestation in recharge areas and volcanic rock formations serving as natural reservoirs. Indonesia's volcanic geography and tropical climate offer abundant, high-quality groundwater resources. Stakeholders, including the public, industries, and organizations like Danone Indonesia, emphasize the importance of preserving groundwater through responsible usage and conservation efforts.

Again, Child Marriage Triggers High Child Stunting Rates in Jember

29 Apr 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Early marriage continues to drive high rates of child stunting in Jember, reaching the highest level in East Java at 24.9%, significantly higher than the reported national stunting rate.

Environmental Activist: East Java is Not a Toilet

20 Apr 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
East Java faces severe environmental challenges, including hazardous waste accumulation, plastic pollution in the Brantas River, and widespread E.coli contamination in drinking water. Environmental activist Muhammad Kholid Basyaiban from ECOTON criticizes the government for neglecting these issues and calls for immediate action and budget allocation for environmental management. Puput TD Putra from Koalisi Indonesia Lestari highlights the broader environmental damage in Indonesia due to extractive activities and non-compliance with land reclamation regulations.

Indonesian Human Rights Commission Reminds Election Commission to Accommodate Voting Rights of Vulnerable Groups

08 Apr 2023  |  voaindonesia.com
Saurlin P. Siagan of Komnas HAM visited regions in Indonesia, including Jawa Timur, to remind the Election Commission (KPU) to ensure that vulnerable groups are accommodated in the 2024 elections by registering them as voters. Nine groups were identified, including people with disabilities, detainees, domestic workers, and others. Recommendations will be made to prevent incidents like the nearly 900 election worker deaths in the 2019 elections. KPU's Nurul Amalia mentioned steps taken, such as special polling stations. Social observer Surokim Abdussalam from Universitas Trunojoyo encouraged new approaches to maximize participation, including mobile polling stations for hard-to-reach voters.

Komnas Perempuan: Jangan Lupakan Sejarah Kelam Masa Lalu

30 Mar 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Komnas Perempuan, along with civil society networks, is gathering stories and facts about the May 1998 riots in Indonesia to ensure the dark history is not forgotten and to prevent its recurrence. Commissioner Tiasri Wiandani stresses the importance of memorialization as a non-judicial mechanism to address past human rights violations. She calls for both judicial and non-judicial actions following President Joko Widodo's apology for past human rights abuses. Dandik Katjasungkana of IKOHI supports these efforts, advocating for educational media like monuments, books, and documentaries to educate future generations. The non-judicial approach aims to address victims' and their families' long-neglected rights, particularly in socio-economic areas.

Verdict on Kanjuruhan Tragedy Disappoints Victims' Families, Violates Justice Principles

17 Mar 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The verdict on the Kanjuruhan tragedy, which resulted in the acquittal of two police officers and a light sentence for another, has deeply disappointed the victims' families, who feel it violates justice principles. The families and representatives, including KontraS, criticize the judicial process for not holding those responsible accountable and plan to report the irregularities to the Komisi Yudisial and Komnas HAM. The case highlights concerns about the impartiality and accountability of the Indonesian judicial system.

World Water Day: The Condition of Rivers in Indonesia is Concerning

13 Mar 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The Nusantara River Expedition team found microplastics in 68 strategic national rivers across five provinces in Indonesia, with the Brantas River in East Java being the most contaminated. The contamination is attributed to industrial and domestic waste, highlighting poor waste management and low public awareness. The findings call for urgent river revitalization and supportive policies. The River Affairs Research Agency, comprising students from various universities in East Java, demands concrete actions from local governments, particularly the East Java Provincial Government, to address the severe pollution in the Brantas River.

Literacy Activists: Reading Interest Is Not Just About Books

25 Feb 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Literacy activists emphasize that reading interest cannot be measured by a single indicator, such as reading books. It should be viewed in the context of overall literacy and the efforts to increase public reading interest by various groups.

First Hearing of Kanjuruhan Case: KontraS Says Prosecutor's Indictment Does Not Meet Victims' Justice Principles

16 Jan 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The first hearing of the Kanjuruhan case, which resulted in 135 deaths and numerous injuries, was held at the Surabaya District Court. Six defendants were charged with negligence causing death and injury but were not present in person. KontraS Secretary General Andy Irfan Junaidi criticized the indictment for not meeting the victims' justice principles, arguing that the incident was premeditated assault. Defense lawyer Sumardhan questioned the validity of the charges, particularly regarding the number of tickets printed for the match, and expressed confidence in proving the defendants' innocence.

Scientists Conduct Disaster Mitigation Research on Earthquakes and Tsunamis in East Java

30 Nov 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Thirteen researchers from various disciplines conducted a disaster mitigation expedition in East Java from November to December 2022, organized by the NGO Skala Indonesia. The expedition, named Ekspedisi Jawadwipa, aimed to uncover historical disaster traces and local wisdom to inform government policies on disaster risk reduction. The team explored eight regions in East Java, including Malang and Surabaya, and previously conducted similar research in Palu and Banten. The findings are intended to enhance community capacity and inform government disaster management strategies. Key figures involved include Trinirmalaningrum, Amien Widodo, and Budi Santosa.

Ahead of G20, Indonesia Ensures Readiness for Energy Transition

17 Oct 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Indonesia is preparing for an energy transition to address climate change and achieve net zero emissions, especially in light of the global energy supply crisis due to the Russia-Ukraine war. PT. Kilang Pertamina Internasional is advancing biodiesel production from waste cooking oil and palm oil mill effluent, aiming to double its capacity and reduce CO2 emissions. PT. Pertamina Geothermal Energy is also increasing its geothermal electricity production, contributing to the renewable energy mix. An international meeting in Bali reflects Indonesia's commitment to a greener energy transition, with the government targeting net zero emissions by 2060.

Expert: To Avoid Potential Harassment, Children Need Digital Literacy

10 Oct 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Research by ECPAT, UNICEF, and Interpol reveals that children in Indonesia aged 12-17 are targets of online sexual exploitation and harassment. Although Indonesia has one of the lowest rates in the Asia Pacific, the actual number of cases is likely higher due to underreporting. The perpetrators are often known to the victims, using platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook. Nahar from the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection emphasizes the importance of digital literacy and safe online interactions for children, along with the need for parental guidance and stricter legal actions against online sexual crimes.

Officials Criticized for Failing to Anticipate Kanjuruhan Riot, Activists Indicate Human Rights Violations

04 Oct 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The article discusses the criticism faced by officials for failing to anticipate the riot at Kanjuruhan Stadium, which resulted in the deaths of at least 131 people. Activists, including Sonya Claudia Siwu from Pusham Ubaya and Andy Irfan Junaidi from KontraS, highlight the lack of proper anticipation and human rights approach by the authorities. They call for restitution for the victims and the formation of an independent team to investigate the incident. President Joko Widodo has ordered compensation for the victims' families, and the government has formed an independent fact-finding team led by Mahfud MD.

Heavy Sanctions Await Arema, International Matches to Continue

02 Oct 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
The Secretary General of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), Yunus Nusi, announced heavy sanctions against Arema FC following a riot after their match against Persebaya Surabaya, which resulted in at least 120 deaths. Sanctions may include banning Arema from playing in their home city. An investigation is ongoing, with regular reports to FIFA and other relevant parties. Despite the suspension of Liga 1, international matches will proceed as scheduled. The National Police have dispatched medical teams to assist victims, and efforts are underway to identify and return the deceased to their families. The incident has prompted President Joko Widodo to order an evaluation of football match security procedures and a thorough investigation.

NU and Muhammadiyah Call for Vigilance Against Identity Politicization

05 Sep 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Yahya Cholil Staquf, the head of Nahdlatul Ulama, urges all layers of society to strengthen national unity and brotherhood to prevent conflict arising from differences. He warns political actors against using identity differences, especially religion, as a tool for power in the 2024 elections. Haedar Nashir, the head of Muhammadiyah, warns against the dangers of intolerance, radicalism, and terrorism, which can stem from ideologies beyond religion, including regionalism. Both leaders emphasize the importance of maintaining democracy and rejecting efforts to damage Indonesia.

Support Victims of Sexual Violence in Educational Institutions to Speak Up

30 Aug 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Sexual violence in both public and religious schools in Indonesia is a significant issue, often hidden due to the institutions' desire to protect their reputations. Teachers and religious leaders tend to distance themselves from such cases, leading to a lack of accountability. The article highlights the need for regulations, ethical standards, and reporting mechanisms to address and prevent sexual violence in educational institutions. The government, through the Ministry of Education, pledges to protect victims who report such incidents.

Earth Day, Activists Call for Reduction in Single-Use Plastic Packaging

22 Apr 2022  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Activists from ECOTON, River Warrior, and Komunitas Nol Sampah, along with students, staged a demonstration in Surabaya to raise awareness about the environmental damage caused by single-use plastic packaging. They highlighted the significant contribution of sachet packaging to plastic waste and the dangers of microplastics to human health and the environment. The activists called for a reduction in the use of such packaging and urged companies to take responsibility for the plastic waste they generate. The event coincided with Earth Day, emphasizing the need for collective action to protect the planet.

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Combating Hoaxes and Behavioral Changes, Efforts to Overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic

27 Jun 2021  |  VOA Indonesia
Efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia include addressing the spread of health-related hoaxes and encouraging behavioral changes among the public. Masyarakat Anti Fitnah Indonesia (Mafindo) in Surabaya, represented by Diana Dewi, highlighted the challenge of misinformation through various communication media. Dr. Heri Munajib emphasized the need for trusted figures like religious leaders to help educate the public. Dr. Risma Ikawaty from Universitas Surabaya (Ubaya) warned about new COVID-19 variants and stressed the importance of vaccinations and health protocols. Drg. Fitria Dewi from the East Java Provincial Health Office underscored the necessity of behavioral change communication to break the chain of transmission.

Surabaya Police Headquarters Attacked

14 May 2018  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Surabaya Police Headquarters was attacked on Monday morning with an explosion occurring at the entrance gate around 08:50 AM. The attack involved two motorcycles, each carrying two men, one of whom was accompanied by a woman. The explosion happened during a security check at the gate. The incident follows a series of bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo the previous day. The number of casualties is still unknown as police continue their investigation.

President Condemns Acts of Terrorism and Orders National Police Chief to Thoroughly Dismantle Terrorist Networks

13 May 2018  |  www.voaindonesia.com
President Joko Widodo condemned the terrorist attacks in Surabaya, which resulted in at least 13 deaths and 41 hospitalizations. The suicide bombings occurred at three churches: Santa Maria Catholic Church, Indonesian Christian Church (GKI), and Surabaya Central Pentecostal Church. The President labeled the attacks as crimes against humanity unrelated to any religion and lamented the use of children in the bombings. After visiting the sites and hospitals, he ordered the National Police Chief to investigate and dismantle the terrorist networks. Police Chief Tito Karnavian identified six family members as the perpetrators, linked to the Jemaah Ansarul Daulah cell associated with ISIS. He also called for the acceleration of the Anti-Terrorism Bill's approval or the issuance of a Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) to optimize the handling of terrorism.

In East Java, Statue of Chinese God Stirs Controversy

07 Aug 2017  |  www.voanews.com
Dozens of people from East Java community organizations rallied in Surabaya, demanding the demolition of a statue of the Chinese god Kwan Sing Tee Koen, claiming it fails to reflect Indonesian culture. The statue, located at the Kwan Seng Bio temple in Tuban, East Java, has sparked controversy amid rising religious tensions in Indonesia. Local Chinese Indonesians argue the statue symbolizes loyalty and justice, not war. The protest coincides with broader religious and political issues in Indonesia, including the imprisonment of Jakarta's former governor Basuki 'Ahok' Purnama and the banning of the group Hizbut Tahrir by President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo.

Leader of Indonesia's Largest Muslim Group Calls for Secular Nation

21 May 2017  |  www.voanews.com
K.H. Said Aqil Siradj, chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world's largest Islamic organization, called for the reinforcement of secular values in Indonesia at an interfaith dialog in Surabaya. This comes after Jakarta's recent election, which saw a rise in religious tensions and the victory of Anies Baswedan, who was supported by Islamic hard-liners. Said Aqil Siradj emphasized Indonesia's founding principle of 'Unity in Diversity' and the Pancasila, which are at odds with the growing movement to implement Sharia law. Other religious and community leaders supported his stance, advocating for the preservation of Indonesia's diverse cultural and religious heritage.

Indonesian Province Hosts Anti-Islamic State Workshop

21 Apr 2015  |  voanews.com
Thousands of East Java government officials attended a workshop in Surabaya discussing the threats of Islamic State and other radical groups. Islamic group Muhammadiyah's chairman, Din Syamsuddin, and theologist Quraish Shihab highlighted the non-religious, radical political nature of ISIS and its tarnishing effect on Islam's peaceful image. The workshop concluded with an anti-IS declaration, urging readiness against IS threats and promoting public understanding of radical ideologies. Indonesia plans to revoke citizenship of Indonesians who joined IS, opposing the country's pluralist ideology, Pancasila.

Indonesians Decry Shooting of Anti-Corruption Activist

22 Jan 2015  |  www.voanews.com
Activists in Bangkalan, Indonesia, protested the shooting of anti-corruption activist Mathur Husairi, urging a thorough police investigation. The attack, believed to be linked to Mathur's criticism of local officials, has led to calls for justice and support for his recovery. Police have questioned witnesses but have yet to determine a motive.
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