The Jakarta Globe:
An Indonesian legal expert has described a lawsuit filed by the Ahmadiyah against the mayor of Bekasi over the shuttering of their mosque as a “very interesting development” that could serve as a channel for other religious minorities in the country to seek similar redress.
“If [the Ahmadiyah] lose it will be a long period of time before another [lawsuit],” said Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch, “but if they win it will be important for all minorities in Indonesia.”
The Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation announced last week it was taking mayor of Bekasi Rachmat Effendi to the State Administrative Court in Bandung over the latter’s March 8 decision to seal the Al-Misbah mosque in Pondok Gede.
“We are asking that the court cancel and revoke the Bekasi mayor’s order to lock the office and the mosque of the Ahmadiyah congregation,” said Pratiwi, a lawyer from the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute representing Ahmadi leader Abdul Basit, adding that the court was now processing the application, which was filed on Wednesday June 5 ………….
“There are many provincial and local decrees. All these decrees are discriminating to religious minorities.”