The verdicts imposed against 12 people accused of killing three members of the Ahmadi community in Indonesia, show that religious minorities face ongoing discrimination, Amnesty International said today. …
Three members of the Ahmadiyya community were beaten to death on 6 February this year when a 1,000 strong mob wielding rocks, machetes, swords and spears stormed the house of an Ahmadi leader in Cikeusik, West Java.
“The attacks in Cikeusik sent a frightening signal to religious minorities in Indonesia,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director. “These verdicts do not indicate that the government is treating attacks against religious minorities, especially the Ahmadiyya, as seriously.”
“The government must show its willingness to stem the rising tide of discrimination and abuse against the Ahmadis and other religious minorities,” he added…..
Amnesty International has documented numerous cases of intimidation and violence against the Ahmadiyya community by radical Islamist groups in various parts of Indonesia. These include attacks and burning of Ahmadiyya places of worship and homes.
The Ahmadiyya community are also discriminated against in law, including by a 2008 joint ministerial decree forbidding the Ahmadiyya from promoting their activities.