Religion And Politics

AirAsia to crew Aceh flights with men only after hijab rule

Feb 2, 2018

Budget airline AirAsia says its flights to Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will be operated by male cabin crew after Acehnese authorities insisted all female flight attendants wear head coverings

Morality push may outlaw sex outside marriage in Indonesia

Feb 2, 2018

Revisions to Indonesia's criminal code being considered by Parliament would outlaw sex outside marriage and could weaken checks and balances in Indonesia's young democracy

Malaysia's top court annuls unilateral conversions of minors

Jan 29, 2018

Malaysia's top court in a landmark decision says both parents must consent to the religious conversion of a minor, ruling in favor of a Hindu woman whose ex-husband converted their three children to Islam

Indonesia hard-line Muslims protest ban on Facebook accounts

Jan 12, 2018

Muslim hard-liners have protested in Indonesia's capital against Facebook's blocking of accounts belonging to their group

Myanmar faces anger from Muslim world over Rohingya plight

Sep 4, 2017

A Nobel laureate and Muslim nations in Asia criticized Myanmar's persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority as thousands in Indonesia and elsewhere staged angry protests against Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.

Indonesia president: Spread wealth, protect diversity

Aug 16, 2017

Indonesia's president vows a fairer distribution of the nation's wealth and a renewed commitment to protecting diversity after tense months marked by religious tensions

Indonesia lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram

Aug 1, 2017

Indonesia's information technology minister says the government will allow the encrypted messaging app Telegram to continue operating in Indonesia because it's taking steps to block "negative" content

President orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks

May 25, 2017

Indonesia's president has ordered a thorough investigation of the network behind two suicide bombings that targeted police in the capital and killed three police officers

2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

May 23, 2017

Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province have been publicly caned dozens of times for consensual gay sex, a punishment rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture"

Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning

May 17, 2017

A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining country's moderate image

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