Indonesia has a history of religious diversity and tolerance. The country recognises Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism as official religions. Yet minority sects within these religions, together with members of non-recognised religions and atheists face severe restrictions on their religious freedom and are vulnerable to violence and discrimination. Our work in Indonesia responds to this problem, focusing on how equality law can be used to combat religious discrimination and promote religious freedom.

Our achievements include:
  • Ensuring that Indonesia’s failure to prevent violence and discrimination against religious minorities was criticised by other states at the Universal Periodic Review;
  • Building the capacity of the largest non-governmental organisations working on religious freedom to adopt an approach using the right to non-discrimination; 
  • Providing training on the rights to religious freedom and non-discrimination to 60 lawyers, activists and religious minority representatives.

In early 2015, we conducted in-depth interviews with women who have been affected by Indonesia's gender discriminatory nationality law before the law was reformed. These interviews were used as part of a comparative study involving research in several countries - we published our findings in My Children's Future: Ending Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws.