A Christian woman was tried and caned 30 times in Aceh, Indonesia's most conservative Islamic region, for selling alcohol and breaking Shariah law.
International Christian Concern reported Wednesday that it is usually Muslims who are punished for breaking the Islamic law, for things such as alcoholic consumption, adultery, gambling, and homosexual acts, but now Christians and members of other religions have been brought under this jurisdiction as well.
A local pastor, who wasn't named, commented on the beating of the Christian woman, and said that "such things often happen here and we have become used to it." more >>
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio has been put under fire for the past days after he expressed concerns over Indonesia's palm oil plantations and the effects on the environment. Despite the previous threat of being banned from the country, a minister has recently offered support for the actor's sentiments.
In an interview with Forest Hints, the country's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Dr. Siti Nurbaya, said "My view is that DiCaprio's concerns are both sincere and substantial, and he has certainly acted in good faith. In fact, we share his concerns on this matter."
After visiting the Gunung Leuser National Park late last month, DiCaprio took to Instagram and gave awareness about the ongoing issues in the park. He mentioned the critical need to stop palm oil plantation expansions as the species living in the forest could possibly become endangered as their habitats slowly turn into plantations. more >>
A new report released by Human Rights Watch details the horrifying abuse suffered by the mentally ill in the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia, where over 18,000 people are chained and confined in overcrowded rooms for days, weeks and even years at a time.
HRW report, "Living in Hell," released Sunday documents the widespread practice of pasung (pausing) in Indonesia, where families and faith healers treat mental illness by confining people in chains or on wooden stocks for prolonged periods of time.
The report documents over 175 cases of mentally ill people who are in pasung or have been released from pasung detainment. Additionally, the organization received information about 200 other cases of pasung that have been documented in recent years. more >>
Indonesia is known for its place in the world's top 20 economic GP ratios, it has recently been criticized for its treatment of people who are mentally ill as a new report states that there are thousands of patients locked up and chained in filthy environments.
According to CNN, Indonesia practices pasung, wherein people with mental issues are shackled and confined in filthy areas as they are believed to have been possessed with evil spirits.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday that over 57,000 people in the country who have either been diagnosed with psychosocial issues or are perceived to be mentally ill have once in their lives been chained or locked up, away from the rest of the world and unable to receive treatment. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church has continued his tour around Southeast Asia, focusing this week on Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, which he called a "big harvest field" for Christianity.
Kong also spoke about the importance of implementing church "cell groups," which he argued allow even the world's biggest megachurches to effectively care for all of its members.
"What a big harvest field Indonesia is. The number of Christians has grown from 1.3 million to 24 million in the past 40 years, making up approximately 10 percent of the country's population," Kong wrote on Facebook. more >>
Indonesia's leading psychiatric organization has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association announced that people who identify as homosexual or bisexual will be categorized as "people with psychiatric problems," while individuals who identify as transgender are labeled as having "mental disorders."
In an interview with the Jakarta Post on Tuesday, PDSKJI spokesperson Suzy Yusna Dewi asserted that the designation is not an act of bigotry against the LGBT community. more >>