ICG Fears Religious Strife in Indonesia

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

Wire Service: Reuters


There is a growing risk of conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia’s Papua, partly fuelled by migration and a growth in fundamentalism, International Crisis Group said in a report on Monday.

Twice last year in Papua, two provinces on the western half of New Guinea island, communal tensions almost erupted into violence linked to tensions over the building of a new mosque and an iron tower in the form of a Christmas tree, it said.

“The potential for communal conflict is high in Papua because both sides consider themselves aggrieved,” said Sidney Jones, a senior adviser for the International Crisis Group.