Reconciliation through Law and Democracy: a Case of Blasphemy by the Former Governor of DKI Jakarta "Ahok"


  • Rizky Mutiara Yanti
  • ศิวัช ศรีโภคางกุล College of Local Administration, Khon Kaen University
  • Awan Setia Dharmawan


Reconciliation, Democracy, Local Election


          The case of blasphemy by Ahok during the Jakarta governor's election campaign in 2016 has caused anger in the community. In his speech in the Thousand Islands said that the contents of the Qur'an Al-Maidah verse: 51 as a duping. Of course this has become harsh among Muslims who feel their religious beliefs are being harassed. Blasphemy by Ahok was carried out through legal means. Ahok has apologized, but the blasphemy case continues to grow. In the last trial, after 19 tense trials the judge sentenced Ahok proved to have violated article 156 of the Criminal Code with a penalty of 2 years in prison. As a state of law, Indonesia uses legal channels for blasphemy by the political elite as the best way of reconciliation. Disappointment experienced by the community is not completely resolved; the government carries out their obligations in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in Indonesia. Criminal defamation of Islam based on Decree No. 1537 / Pid.B / 2016 / PN. Reconciliation that occurs does not really resolve conflicts, especially inner conflicts that occur in the community. However, the existence of a criminal ruling for Ahok and the defeat of Ahok in the elections were able to reduce the emotions of the community, especially the Islamic community in Indonesia. This research uses a qualitative approach with the type of research is analytical descriptive research. Sources of data in this study using literature studies that determine the sources and methods of data collection take data in the library, read, record and process research materials.


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