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Pentecostal Christian church permit revoked following protests and threats from radical Muslim groups in Yogyakarta in Indonesia [#PentecostalChurch #Yogyakarta #Indonesia]

A recently issued permit for a Christian church in the special region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia has reportedly been revoked following protests and threats from radical Muslim groups in the area.

The permit for a Pentecostal church that was issued in January 2019 was canceled by the Bantul district chief, who goes by the name Suharsono, through an official letter sent on July 26, 2019.

Suharsono justified the reasoning by contending that the permit issued to the church at the beginning of the year did not meet requirements established by a 2006 joint ministerial decree regulating houses of worship in the Muslim-majority country.

The decree is one that hundreds of religious leaders have called for an end to, saying it is used to block construction of churches and other worship buildings.

Suharasono claimed that “a house of worship cannot be a home at the same time.”

The revocation of the permit for the church comes just days after radical Muslim groups vowed to oppose the existence of the church in the town.

Pentecostal church’s permit revoked in Indonesia after Muslim radicals protest: report:
Christian Post

A global grouping of Christian churches has found that discrimination and human rights violations in Papua region of Indonesia are as severe as they were two decades ago.

A team from the World Council of Churches wrapped up a week-long trip to Indonesia on Friday, February 22, 2019 which included visits to several cities in Papua province.

In Wamena and Jayapura, the Council met people who had fled the recently intensified military and police operations in Nduga regency of Papua’s Highlands.

While there are no official figures for the displaced, Indonesian state media have reported hundreds of students have been forced to flee.

“it was painful to see so many child victims” of the violence in Nduga.
– A Tanzanian bishop with the Council, Abednego Keshomshahara

West Papuans systematically marginalized, say Christian churches:
Radio New Zealand

International religious liberty advocates, International Christian Concern (ICC), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) are praising the early prison release of a former Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in Indonesia, but denouncing unjust blasphemy laws that enabled his conviction.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama:
Indonesian politician and former governor of Jakarta, Indonesia.
Also known by his Hakka Chinese nickname “Ahok”.
Has requested to be known as ‘BTP’ from January 2019.
Wikipedia

Christian mayor’s release stirs blasphemy concerns:
Baptist Press