FIDH & KontraS to Indonesian President

Paris – Jakarta, March 08:
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) have Written to the President of Indonisia to express their grave concern regarding the escalating intimidation and persecution of members of the Ahmadiyah sect across Indonesia. Civil society in Indonesia has documented at least 342 attacks on Ahmadiyah members between 2007 and 2010, escalating year by year. On February 6, 2011, approximately 1,500 people attacked the house of a local Ahmadiyah leader in Umbulan village in Cikeusik, Pandeglang, Banten province. The grisly assault resulted in the public lynching of three Ahmadiyah followers, a murder caught on camera. In spite of this pattern of violence over the years, the police has often failed to prevent these attacks and performed dismally in holding perpetrators to account. This utter lack of effective action and protection of a vulnerable community by the authorities is glaring, unacceptable and an abdication of the government’s responsibility to protect its own citizens.

Therefore, FIDH and KontraS respectfully urge the President to:
Respect the provisions on minorities’ rights provided in the Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Indonesia is a party;
Revoke the joint ministerial decree of 2008 and urge provincial and local authorities to do the same with their bans on the Ahmadiyah;
Ensure your Cabinet presents a public and uniform stance against any kind of discrimination, intimidation and violence against minority groups, and publicly and clearly rebuff any demands to ban the Ahmadiyah sect;
Instruct the police at all levels to increase protection of religious and other minorities and ensure mechanisms are in place to prevent attacks on their communities and places of worship;
Ensure effective and impartial investigations into all violent actions against and systematic persecutions of minorities and that perpetrators will be brought to justice in a court of law; and
Invite the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and the UN Independent Expert on minority issues to visit Indonesia.

We thank you for your consideration of our deep concerns and recommendations.

Sincerely yours,
Souhayr Belhassen               
President, FIDH

Haris Azhar
Executive Coordinator, KontraS

Copied to:

HE Mr. Patrialis Akbar, Minister, Ministry of Law and Human Rights

HE Mr. Suryadharma Ali, Minister, Ministry of Religious Affairs

Gen. Timur Pradopo, National Chief of Police of Indonesia

Mr. Ifdhal Kasim, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM)
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