Bar workers in Indonesia accused of blasphemy over new drink scheme

Indonesia’s non secular blasphemy legislation is growing “more dangerous” in accordance with rights teams. Police have charged 6 bar workers in the nation with blasphemy over a new drink promotion. Under the PR stunt, bar-goers get free drinks if their names are Mohammad or Maria. Mohammad is the name of the prophet of Islam, though it’s also a common men’s identify in Muslim-majority international locations.
The bar and restaurant chain, sarcastically named Holywings, offered a free bottle of gin each Thursday for males named Mohammed, and ladies named Maria. But after spiritual party-pooper teams complained about the new promotion, police investigated the chain. On Tuesday, authorities sealed off 12 Holywings retailers in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta and took away the chain’s operating permit.
Holywings has now apologised for the promotion and says it was created without its management group knowing. The chain has additionally deleted social media posts concerning the promotion. On demand stated the workers created the promotion in an try to satisfy gross sales targets.
Indonesia’s blasphemy law prohibits “defaming a faith, persuading someone to be a non-believer, disturbing a religious ritual or making noise close to a house of worship, and insulting a cleric whereas leading a ritual”. In the past, Indonesian authorities have persecuted non secular minorities, similar to Christians, by accusing them of violating blasphemy legal guidelines.
A researcher at Human Rights Watch says Indonesia’s blasphemy legislation and a legislation regulating online exercise are becoming “increasingly dangerous.” The researcher, Andreas Harsono, said…
“These six people simply made an alcohol promotion, maybe ridiculous in this increasingly Islamic nation, but no crime at all based on international standards.”

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