International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Strategy Final Assignment
M E M O R A N D U M
TO : Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
FROM : Raditya Putranti Darningtyas, Analyst
DATE : 22 December 2016
SUBJECT : Addressing the Rise of Religious Intolerance in Indonesia
Situation regarding the growing number of violent confrontation against religious minorities in Indonesia is at a crisis stage. Violent attacks have been directed at various religious groups such as Ahmadis, Shiites, Christian, and Buddhist by Muslim vigilante and extremist groups. On the other hand, Muslims have also been the victims of intolerant acts in provinces where they are not the majority like what happened in Tolikara, Papua when Christian mob attacked several mosques last year. I propose two major reforms to alleviate the problem of religious intolerance. First, we need to reevaluate several proposals from Government such as the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Religious Harmony Bill (RUU Kerukunan Beragama), and cancel any local perda that promote religious discrimination. Second, we need to create contending narratives against intolerance and encourage more interfaith interaction especially among local community representatives and youth through campaigns and education.