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Byline: The Jakarta Post,
Jan. 18. p. 6
Improving peaceful coexistence between majority and minority religious groups in contemporary Indonesia remains an uphill challenge for the country's commitment to religious freedom. The role of the state is crucial in nurturing this relationship.
The ongoing obstruction of the establishment of the GKI Yasmin Church in Bogor, West Java, is a recent tangible example of the challenge.
Planned since 2001, GKI Yasmin obtained a building license from the local government in 2006. However, in 2008 the mayor of Bogor annulled the permit for unspecified reasons. (By Testriono, Jakarta)