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Indonesia's Pluralism in Peril: the Rise of Religious Intolerance

Wednesday 26 February 2014, 10am-12pm,  KSW.1.04, 20 Kingsway Seminar/Workshop
Speakers:  Dr Ahmad Suaedy, Rev. Favor Bancin, Father Benny Susyeto, Mahmud Mubarik Ahmad; Chair:  Dr Kirsten Schulze

The ten years of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration have seen the rise of religious intolerance driven by radical Islamism, affecting all communities through discriminatory legislation, inflammatory rhetoric by Government ministers, and a consistent failure to protect minorities, promote the rule of law and uphold justice. With parliamentary and presidential elections in 2014, there is now a real urgency, as well as an opportunity, to act to prevent further erosion of Indonesia’s pluralism and to pull back from the path of intolerance which has been termed by some as a process of ‘Pakistanisation’.


Dr Ahmad Suaedy is the Director of the Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Senior Researcher at The Wahid Institute.


Rev. Favor Bancin is Executive Secretary of the Marturia cluster at the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI), the main Protestant umbrella body.


Father Benny Susyeto is Secretary of the Inter-faith Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Indonesia.


Mahmud Mubarik Ahmad is spokesman for Jemaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia



Dr Kirsten Schulze is Associate Professor of International History and Head of the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.






KSW.1.04, 20 Kingsway, LSE. Map.