INDONESIA. The rights and safety of the Sintang Ahmadiyah are threatened, the state is urged to pay serious attention. – 15/01/2022

A number of masses came to the Ahmadiyah congregation in Balai Harapan Village, Temunak District, Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan (West Kalimantan), Friday (3/9/2021) afternoon. In this incident, the mosque building was damaged by being thrown and the building behind the mosque was burned by the masses.

(special) Writer Vitorio Mantalean | Editor Diamanty Meiliana JAKARTA, –

The state is urged to pay serious attention to the rights and safety of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Balai Harapan Village, Sintang , West Kalimantan. They are currently being threatened by possible discriminatory actions and violence, following their Miftahul Huda Mosque which was disputed by intolerant groups and the Sintang Regency Government.

There are at least two security threats to the Sintang Ahmadiyah Muslim community in the near future. First, the Sintang Regency Government threatened to dismantle the Miftahul Huda Mosque if they did not dismantle it themselves until January 21, 2022.

Read also: Ahmadiyah Sintang Threatened to Kill until Place of Worship Dismantled,

Central Government Asked to intervene The threat is contained in the third warning letter (SP 3) which was sent by the Sintang Regency Government on January 7, 2022.

Second, the Miftahul Huda Mosque was damaged by a mob on behalf of the Islamic Ummah Alliance in September 2021. The 21 defendants in that case were only sentenced to 4 months and 15 days in prison, deducted from their prison term, which means they will be released on January 22, 2022, the day after the SP 3 deadline.

The threat of violence is not a figment. On September 3, 2021, the Miftahul Huda Mosque was set on fire by an intolerant group calling themselves the Alliance of Muslims. At that time, at least 200 people who stormed the mosque said they were disappointed because the Sintang District Government only stopped congregational activities, not demolishing the mosque as they wished.

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However, from that incident, only 22 people became suspects and were prosecuted. The verdict against the defendants was far from a sense of justice. They were only sentenced to 4 months and 15 days in prison with a reduced period of detention by the Pontianak District Court Judge, January 6, 2022. That means, this group will be released on January 22, 2022.

Sintang district government submits to intolerant groups Instead of protecting the right to believe and the safety of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, the Sintang District Government has followed the intolerant group’s line of thinking. The Sintang Regency Government issued an ultimatum through a third warning letter (SP 3) on January 7, 2022, a day after the verdict for those convicted of destroying the Miftahul Huda Mosque.

If the congregation does not dismantle their own mosque by January 21, 2022, then the Sintang Regency Government will carry out the demolition. “In his letters, starting from SP 1, SP 2, SP 3, the regent framing the Mifathul Huda Mosque as an unlicensed building that functions as a place of worship. That’s the regent’s framing.

Even though it is clear that it is a mosque and has been around since 2007,” said Head of the Legal Committee of the Indonesian Ahmadiyya Congregation, Fitria Sumarni at a press conference, Friday (1/14/2022).

Read also: History of Ahmadiyah in Indonesia “For 13 years the Miftahul Huda Mosque has been used, the community there can use it safely, comfortably, and live in harmony with the local residents, there is no rejection,” he continued.

Fitria suspects that the Sintang Regent, Jarot Winarno, deliberately framed  that the Miftahul Huda Mosque is not a place of worship in order to avoid the guidelines for resolving disputes over places of worship, which are regulated in the 2006 Joint Regulation of the Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister of Religion. In this regulation, disputes over places of worship must be resolved by deliberation instead of demolition.

In addition, the local government is obliged to facilitate the issuance of building permits (IMB) for places of worship that have not yet received them, such as the Miftahul Huda Mosque and all houses of worship in the area.

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“Why then did the Regent want to dismantle it, we remember that the alliance that damaged the Miftahul Huda Mosque gave an ultimatum to the authorities to tear down the Miftahul Huda Mosque. This is proof of the Regent’s submission to intolerant groups,” Fitria said.

“It is also necessary for all of you to know that in Balai Harapan Village, not a single house of worship has an IMB. This (SP 3 to the Ahmadiyah community) is a discriminatory attitude from the Regent,” he added. The state must attend  Protection for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Sintang is absolutely necessary so that the violence in September 2021 does not happen again. Currently, the situation is said to be tense.

Fitria revealed, based on reports from the Sintang Ahmadiyah Muslim leader, threats came one after another. “Before he received threats via WhatsApp, the threats even reached the stage of murder. We even received reports that people were trying to enter at night,” Fitria said.

View Photos Masses visited the Ahmadiyah congregation in Balai Harapan Village, Temunak District, Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan (West Kalimantan), Friday (3/9/2021) afternoon. The Head of Public Relations of the West Kalimantan Police, Kombes Pol. Donny Charles Go, said that the mosque building was damaged because it was thrown and the building behind the mosque was burned by the masses. (special)

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The Advocacy Team for Freedom of Religion and Belief which consists of various non-governmental organizations admits that they are worried that conflicts will occur again because the demolition will most likely occur simultaneously with the release of the perpetrators of the mosque destruction.

“I think this really needs firmness from the Police as the party responsible for public security to prevent violence against the Ahmadiyya Muslim community there,” Fitria continued. The National Police Chief, General Listyo Sigit, has been asked to take firm action against officers who do not prevent or even participate in discriminatory actions against the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

The police as representatives of the state cannot sacrifice the rights and safety of the Sintang Ahmadiyah Muslims to satisfy intolerant groups for reasons of stability. Also read: Imparsial Criticizes the Warning Letter of the Acting Regent of Sintang regarding the Demolition of the Ahmadiyah Mosque “This is what often happens in many cases. In the name of stability, then the choice of police action is often victimizing, with the excuse that the groups that make threats are the majority,”

Imparsial Director Gufron Mabruri said, Friday. “In this context, I think it is important for the police to learn from experience, not to repeat the same mistakes. Not only in Sintang, but also cases in other areas, that to ensure a sense of security, firm action is needed, not discriminatory.

The police must not lose to intolerant groups, the law must be enforced firmly indiscriminately,” he continued. SETARA Institute Research Director Halili Hasan warned the central government to pay serious attention to this case. In fact, the state has lost to intolerant groups in Sintang. The protection of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, which incidentally is very vulnerable and cornered, is inadequate.

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The legal process that led to light sentences for the perpetrators of the destruction of the Miftahul Huda Mosque was also considered to reflect that the state had not side with the Sintang Ahmadiyah Muslims.

“Warnings like this are important, because in the past there were threats to the Miftahul Huda Mosque at the local level—the process of sealing, threats, hate speech—we said at that time, this must be prevented by the state. (It turns out) the state failed to take adequate action, so that violence occurred on September 3, 2021. Intolerant groups damaged mosques, burned buildings, “said Halili, Friday.

“The state should not lose. In fact, the country lost. If the state cannot prevent this demolition, I think the state’s absence is complete. The police as part of the Forkopimda failed to take precautions if the demolition (of the mosque) was carried out,” he continued. Get selected news updates and breaking news every day from Let’s join the Telegram group “ News Update”, how to click the link , then join. You must first install the Telegram application on your cellphone.


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