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Religious ID change

Beginning in January 2013, Indonesians can opt to leave the religion column on their national electronic ID card blank.

Currently, religious minorities are required to carry a card identifying their religion. Scholar Yohames Sulamin told the Jakarta Globe that minorities who don't claim one of the six official faiths (Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism) will still be on the receiving end of contempt and discrimination.

Indonesia's constitution guarantees freedom of religion.


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