Intolerance, human rights cases in Yogyakarta remain high: Activists

Intolerance, human rights cases in Yogyakarta remain high: Activists
This picture taken on May 8, 2016 shows a motorist passing by a graffiti calling for tolerance in Yogyakarta.
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With the number of intolerance and human rights cases in Yogyakarta remaining high this year, NGOs are calling on law enforcers to take stern action against the perpetrators.

National Alliance for Unity in Diversity (ANBTI) Yogyakarta chapter coordinator Agnes Dwi Rusjiati said her organisation noted 12 religion-based incidents of violence in the province, the same number last year.

"The state, through its law enforcers, should actively solve intolerance cases in Yogyakarta," Agnes said in a year-end press conference on Monday.

She suggested that the government encourage the public to maintain diversity in society through education and religion-based institutions.

The Wahid Institute said last year that Yogyakarta was the second-most intolerant province after West Java.

Meanwhile, the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute's (LBH) social, economic and cultural division chairman, Yogi Zul Fadhli, said his organisation had received 35 human rights violence complaints this year.

"The perpetrators have not been named suspects by the police. This kind of impunity could trigger others to commit violence," Yogi said.

He said human rights violations related to agrarian issues were the most prevalent this year on account of land conflicts between residents and the Yogyakarta sultanate.

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