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Indonesia: Ahmadiyya community at risk in Indonesia

, Index number: ASA 21/008/2011

The Ahmadiyya community, a religious minority in Indonesia, is facing increasing restrictions, intimidation and attacks because of their beliefs.

UA: 77/11 Index: ASA 21/008/2011 Indonesia Date: 16 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
AHMADIYYA COMMUNITY AT RISK IN INDONESIA
The Ahmadiyya community, a religious minority in Indonesia, is facing increasing restrictions,
intimidation and attacks because of their beliefs.
The Ahmadiyya community is facing increasing levels of restrictions, intimidation and attacks because of their
beliefs, since the killing of three Ahmadis in the sub-district of Cikeusik, Banten province on 6 February. Since then
at least four provinces in Indonesia South Sulawesi, West and East Java and Banten have issued new regional
regulations restricting Ahmadiyya activities. The regulations include prohibiting the Ahmadiyya from distributing
pamphlets, putting signs in front of their offices and places of worship, as well as forbidding them from wearing
anything to indicate that they are Ahmadiyya members.
Local human rights groups have documented cases of intimidation against the Ahmadiyya by the Indonesian
military. According to them military officers have been visiting the homes of Ahmadis in several districts of West
Java collecting data about their members and asking some of them to sign sworn statements renouncing their faith.
Attacks against Ahmadiyya property have also been reported. On 11 March, four Ahmadi homes were attacked in
Ciareteun, West Java. The following day the Bogor district police reportedly rounded up Ahmadis in a village,
informing them of the new regulation restricting their activities and telling them to move out if they fear for their
safety. In another incident in the same province on 13 March, an estimated 40 demonstrators reportedly broke into
an Ahmadiyya place of worship in Cipeuyem village, Cianjur district and burned hundreds of books.
The right to freedom of religion is guaranteed in the Indonesian Constitution. Moreover, Article 18 of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Indonesia is a state party, states that “this
right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice and that “no one shall be subject to
coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice”.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Indonesian or your own language calling on authorities in Indonesia:
To conduct prompt, independent and impartial investigations into all reports of intimidation and attacks against
the Ahmadiyya and bring the perpetrators to justice in accordance with international fair trial standards;
To investigate reports that the military in West Java province have been involved in the intimidation of Ahmadiyya
followers and forced them to renounce their faith;
To take immediate steps to review and repeal all laws and regulations that restrict the right to freedom of religion
as guaranteed in Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);
Publicly condemn statements inciting violence against the Ahmadiyya and take steps to ensure that all religious
minorities are protected and allowed to practise their faith free from fear, intimidation and attack.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 27 APRIL 2011 TO:
President of the Republic of
Indonesia
H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Istana Merdeka
Jakarta, 10110
Indonesia
Fax: + 62 21 345 2685
Salutation: Your Excellency
Home Affairs Minister
Gamawan Fauzi
Ministry of Home Affairs
Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara No.7
Jakarta Pusat, 10110
Indonesia
Fax: +62 21 385 1193
Salutation: Dear Minister
Head of the Indonesian National
Police
General Timur Pradopo
Indonesian National Police
Headquarters
Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3
Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia
Fax: +62 21 722 0669
Salutation: Dear General
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Indonesia accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
Date: 16 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
AHMADIYYA COMMUNITY AT RISK IN INDONESIA
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Ahmadiyya are a religious group who consider themselves to be a part of Islam. Many mainstream Muslim groups say they do
not adhere to the accepted belief system.
Amnesty International has documented numerous cases of intimidation and violence against the Ahmadiyya community by radical
groups in various parts of Indonesia. These include attacks and burning of Ahmadiyya places of worship and homes, at times
leading to their displacement. In most cases, those who commit acts of violence against the Ahmadiyya are not punished and
there is a tendency by the authorities to blame the minority for “deviant views” when attacks occur. Harassment and attacks
against the Ahmadiyya community are also fuelled by a 2008 Joint Ministerial Decree forbidding the Ahmadiyya from promoting
their activities.
Three members of the Ahmadiyya were killed on the island of Java on 6 February 2011 when more than 1,000 people wielding
rocks, machetes, swords and spears stormed the house of an Ahmadiyya leader in the sub-district of Cikeusik, Banten province.
Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Please refer to the following documents for more information:
Press release: Indonesia must commit to freedom of religion, 23 February 2011
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/indonesia-must-commit-freedom-religion-2011-02-23
Press release: Indonesian authorities must investigate Ahmadiyya killings (Index: PRE01/051/2011), 7 February 2011
http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/indonesian-authorities-must-investigate-ahmadiyya-killings-2011-02-07
Public statement: Indonesia: Government must find adequate housing for displaced Ahmadiyya community in Lombok (Index
ASA 21/010/2010), 8 July 2010
http://amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA21/010/2010/en
Document: Displaced and forgotten: Ahmadiyya in Indonesia (Index ASA 21/006/2010), 8 July 2010
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA21/006/2010/en
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