De rechtszaak wordt gezien als precedent met betrekking tot religieuze vrijheid in het land.
‘Huge setback’ for tolerance and minorities
Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch said the guilty verdict against Ahok was “a huge setback” for Indonesia’s record of tolerance and for minorities.
“This is bad news for Indonesian minorities,” he said.
“If someone like Ahok, the governor of the capital, backed by the country’s largest political party, ally of the president, can be jailed on groundless accusations, what will others do?”
The tensions whipped up during the Jakarta election have raised concerns about the rising influence of Islamist groups in Indonesia, which is home to sizeable communities of Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.