People & Power - Testing tolerance
Indonesia prides itself on its 'unity in diversity'. The right to religious freedom is enshrined in the country's constitution. But have these commitments proven hollow for the members of some minority faiths?
One of these groups, the Ahmadiyah Muslims, are now fighting for their very survival in the world's largest Muslim democracy.
Earlier this week, the Indonesian government issued a decree ordering members of the sect to return to mainstream Islam. The document warns all Ahmadiyah followers to stop their activities or face up to five years in prison.
The matter has exposed deep tensions between those who want the state to preserve individual freedoms and freedom of religion, and those who say the government has a duty to protect mainstream Islamic discourse. Thousands have taken to the streets on both sides and violent attacks against the Ahmadiyah are on the rise.
This episode of
People & Power
aired from Saturday, July 12, 2008.
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