Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/ organised corruption
Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world (86%) and has become known as a model for democracy in a Muslim country. In general, it is not the government persecuting Christians, but Muslim extremist groups. They do not have strong political representation, but their influence is large as they take to the streets and influence public opinion. The closure of 18 churches in Aceh in May 2012 and the adoption of at least 151 local Sharia bylaws have shown a new level of hostility towards Christians.
- For the protection of Christians: there were 129 incidents of violence in the first half of 2012 and an unsuccessful suicide bombing of a church in Java in September 2011
- Ask God to stem the influence of extremist Islamic groups
- For Open Doors workers providing legal assistance to believers under pressure.