Video: Brutal State Sponsored/Sanctioned Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Indonesia

Published on May 24, 2013

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Persecution of Ahmadis in Indonesia

In 2008, many Muslims in Indonesia protested against the Ahmadiyya movement. With violence and large demonstrations, these religious conservatives put pressure on the government to monitor, and harass the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Indonesia.[66] Public opinion in Indonesia is split in three ways on how Ahmadiyya should be treated: (a) some hold it should be banned outright on the basis that it is a heretical and deviant sect that is not listed as an officially recognised religion in Indonesia; (b) others hold that it should not be banned because of the freedom of religion article in the Constitution, but also should not be allowed to proselytise under the banner of “Islam” on the basis that this is misleading; (c) still others hold that it should be free to do and say as it pleases based on the Constitutional right to freedom of religion.[67] In June 2008, a law was passed to curtail “proselytizing” by Ahmadiyya members.[68] An Ahmadiyya mosque was burned.[69] Human rights groups objected to the restrictions on religious freedom.[70] A government decree adopted in 2008 under pressure from Islamic conservatives bans the sect from spreading its faith.[71]

In July 2010, a mob of 200 Indonesians surrounded an Ahmadi mosque in Manislor village in Kuningan district, West Java. The mob pelted the mosque with stones before being dispersed by the police.[72]

On 6 February 2011 three (originally reported as six, and later amended) Ahmadiyya members were killed at Pandeglang, Banten province, in a clash between locals.[73] While the government did instruct police to hunt the killers, it also called on Ahmadiyya to abide by the 2008 decree and stop spreading their belief.[74]

In July 2011 the prosecuting sought sentences of between five to seven months for the defendants, an act which caused outcry by rights activists.[75] The verdict given was between three and six months, slightly lighter than sought. This has trigger criticism from human right defenders and the international community including the US and the EU.[76] In addition, a Cikeusik Ahmadi leader, Deden Darmawan Sudjana, was also sentenced to six months in prison for physical abuse and acts against the state, refusing an order from a police officer who told him to leave the house.[77] A US State Department spokeswoman said they were “disappointed” with the verdict, while an activist of the New York based Human Rights Watch, called it “the Talibanization of Indonesia”.[78]…


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