CHR Comment: Archipelago Islam is, according to Yenny Wahid, a more peaceful form of Islam that developed in the islands of Indonesia. Such Muslims have tended to be more tolerant of Christians. However, Muslims in Indonesia are becoming less tolerant. Large majorities now support Sharia law and the formation of a Caliphate. Christians there are experiencing increased persecution. Indonesia has the largest number of Muslims of any nation in the world. If they radicalize, as has happened in other nations, persecution of Christians might greatly increase.
Christians in the predominantly Muslim country of Sudan continue to suffer intense persecution, with the government engaging in a systematic destruction of churches, a conservative law group has warned.
CHR Comment: The Sudanese government is applying narrow interpretations of Sharia law to destroy church buildings and to persecute pastors. Some Muslim groups are also targeted. Since 2003, war in the region has led to more than 300,000 deaths.
CHR Comment: Christians in the Aceh region face opposition from the Muslim majority. The region is governed by Sharia law. In October a group of Muslim’s carrying axes and machetes attacked a church in Suka Makmur. 8,000 Christians were “displaced”; one person, thought to be a Muslim attacker, died from a gun shot. Tensions are increasing in the capital, Jakarta, as Christians from outlying areas move into the city to find work. Attempts to start churches are being violently opposed or stopped through prejudicial regulations.