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Forced from Home for Protesting Indonesia’s Mandatory Hijab Rules

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image In Cibinong, West Java, a state school requires its female students to wear long skirts, long-sleeve shirts, and the hijab.  © 2018 Andreas Harsono/Human Rights Watch When Elianu Hia shared a video on Facebook in January 2021, he never imagined that act would lead to him losing his home and small business in the Indonesian city of Padang, West Sumatra. Hia was upset that school regulations required his 17-year-old Christian daughter to wear a hijab to school. He recorded his meeting with his daughter’s teacher at State Technical High School No. 2, during which the teacher…

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