Indonesia: Ahok conviction for blasphemy is an injustice
On 9 May, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, was convicted of blasphemy. He was immediately sentenced to two years in prison. This is despite evidence that his words had been twisted for political purposes.
Ahok, who is a Christian, was accused of ‘insulting Islam’ in a video he posted to announce that he would run again for election as governor of Jakarta this year.
He is the fourth person in Indonesia to be convicted under blasphemy laws in 2017. Amnesty International believes these laws have been repeatedly used in attempts to stifle freedom of expression and religion. Between 2005 and 2014 Amnesty International has recorded at least 106 individuals who have been prosecuted and convicted under Indonesia’s blasphemy laws.
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