INDONESIA – Muslims force closure of church in South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Barnabus Fund |060518

Local Muslims forced the closure of a Protestant church in Banjarmasin city, on the Indonesian island of South Kalimantan, on 22 May.

Muslims claimed that the approval given to the church by local authorities was not valid and should be cancelled. As a result of the increased tension, the church has had to suspend services, leaving the 100-strong congregation without anywhere to meet.

A law introduced in 2006 requires applications for Christian places of worship to be supported by signatures from 60 local, non-Christian households.