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Indonesia: Two years on, forcibly evicted Shi’a community remains in limbo

, Index number: ASA 21/1905/2015

Joint statement by Amnesty International, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) Surabaya, Center for the Study of Religion and Democracy (PUSAD) Paramadina, and the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) Indonesia. Two years after the local authorities forcibly evicted a community of Shi’a Muslims from their temporary shelter at a sports complex in Sampang, Madura Island, East Java province on 20 June 2013, the above organizations urge the Indonesian government to take immediate steps to ensure the safe, voluntary and dignified return of the community to their homes. The continued displacement of the community – after repeated attacks, intimidation and harassment – calls into question President Joko Widodo’s administration’s commitment to resolve their situation.

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