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Indonesia: Overturn blasphemy conviction of Jakarta Governor and repeal law


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Indonesia: Overturn blasphemy conviction of Jakarta Governor and repeal law

Ahok was convicted for citing a passage of the Qur’an in the context of his re-election campaign to become Governor of Jakarta in September 2016. He claimed Muslim leaders were manipulating that passage to influence Muslims to vote against him, which led to him losing the election. Prior to his conviction, he was also subject to a travel ban. Ahok is a Christian and ethnically Chinese, which are both minority groups in Muslim-majority Indonesia. He is due to be succeeded as Governor by his opponent in the election contest, Anies Baswedan, who is a Muslim, in October.


By Article 19, UK.


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