UN urges Indonesia to free jailed Jakarta governor

UN urges Indonesia to free jailed Jakarta governorThe United Nations pressed Indonesia on Monday to release Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor and repeal blasphemy laws which they say undermine religious freedom in the Muslim-majority nation. The call came as the family of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy, which had been submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier. A group of UN human rights experts urged Indonesia to free the 50-year-old and repeal the blasphemy laws, which critics say have been repeatedly used to target religious minorities in recent years.



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