Amnesty International condemns Ahmadiyya killings verdict

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.  …

These verdicts do not indicate that the government is treating attacks against religious minorities, especially the Ahmadiyya, seriously.

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.

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Categories: Asia, Indonesia, Law

4 replies

  1. Hate crimes should be punished severely to restore order and tolerance in any society. USA has the wisdom to do that and the so called Muslim countries need to learn from that. The Holy Quran links forgiveness to reformation and says that punishment of a crime is proportionate to the crime:

    “And the recompense of an injury is an injury the like thereof; but whoso forgives and his act brings about reformation, his reward is with Allah. Surely, He loves not the wrongdoers.” (Al Quran 42:41)

  2. Amnesty International (AI) has always stood at forefront against such criminal acts and laws. All efforts of AI deserve lot of appreciation. As quoted, “These verdicts do not indicate that the government is treating attacks against religious minorities, especially the Ahmadiyya, seriously,” We have to wait till the governments of these Islamic Countries start taking such attacks seriously.

  3. While the Christian minorities have the Vatican and Western Nations behind them no worldly power is behind the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, however, such judges who make such verdicts are greatly mistaken, if they think that the Ahmadis are ‘defenseless’. Allah is behind the Ahmadis. Look at those who opposed Ahmadis, what is their condition now? Ask Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and General Zia ul Haq.

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