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Australian Journal of Asian Law - now on SSRN

The Australian Journal of Asian Law is a forum for debate for scholars and professionals concerned with the laws and legal cultures of Asia. Articles published from Volume 13 onwards are available free online from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Volume 13(1) is now available .

The Challenge of Regulating Religious Freedom in Indonesia

In September 2012, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (known as “SBY”) made an  announcement to the United Nations  to urge the international community to adopt an international instrument banning blasphemy and protecting religion. This came as a surprise to many because, throughout his term as president, SBY has failed to take a strong public stance on any issue related to the right to religious freedom. His statement before the UN was rejected and criticised by many advocates in support of freedom of religion and human rights in Indonesia. SBY’s provocative statement is part of a much larger trend towards the legal regulation of religion in Indonesia. This has been a matter of public contention throughout Indonesia’s history, and has continued into the democratic transition since 1998. This debate is significant because it is taking place in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, with a population of over 240 million people. The position of Indonesia’s governme