Indonesia forcing Christian women and girls to wear hijabs: report


A new report from Human Rights Watch has strongly condemned Indonesia for the widespread use of dress codes that force Christian women and girls to wear hijabs. The report claims that discriminatory dress codes are often enforced on Christian women and girls in spaces where the government claims they are not allowed. Human Rights Watch found evidence that Christian girls have been removed from schools and Christian women have been fired from their jobs for refusing Islamic clothing. “Indonesian regulations and policies have long forced discriminatory dress codes on women and girls in schools and government offices that violate their right to freedom from coercion to adopt a religious belief,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch. “Indonesia’s national, provincial, and local governments should immediately end these discriminatory practices and let women and girls wear what they choose without sacrificing their right to education or work.”

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