Houcine Abbassi has headed the Tunisian Labour Union Confederation UGTT since late 2011.
Houcine Abbassi has headed the Tunisian Labour Union Confederation UGTT since late 2011. By Sarah Mersch
Often described as a country where people live peacefully side by side, the targeting of religious minorities has been on the increase in Indonesia.
With Islamic resurgence and the growing democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, it is relevant to see Indonesia as a model of Muslim democracy
While social media campaigns in Indonesia can generate widespread interest and debate, they do not actually further the process of criminal law reform.
Founded one hundred years ago as a reformist socio-religious movement, the Muhammadiyah movement has been marginalised by hardliners over the past few years.
Following a massacre of Shiites Indonesia's president has called for special protection for the Shiite minority but many remain frightened and insecure.
Activists say a local court decision to lock up a Shiite Muslim leader for his minority beliefs are a worrying example of the growing intolerance in Indonesia.
It may seem like the clerics who cancelled Lady Gaga's concert in Jakarta had the last word but Indonesian female activists offer another side to the story.
In Indonesia, young punks had their heads shaved by police and were forced to bathe in a lake before being "re-educated" in the spirit of Sharia.