Ahmadis, Shiites reject award for SBY

The Jakarta Post: The Ahmadiyah and Shia communities in East Java are urging the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, a non-profit organization established by US Jewish leader Rabbi Arthur Schneier, to reconsider its plan to award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the religious tolerance in Indonesia.

The leader of Sampang Shiites in refuge, Iklil Al Milal, said Yudhoyono did not deserve the award because he had neglected the fate of some 300 Shiites who had become victims to violence carried out by an intolerant mass.

“We are living as if in prison. We no longer get food rations and there has been no security guarantee from the state,” Iklil said at a forum rejecting the award for Surabaya on Wednesday.


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