Saturday, April 29, 2017

Indonesia: Human Rights Watch Submission on Ahmadiyah to the Universal Periodic Review


In January 2016, local Indonesian authorities banned the activities of the Ahmadiyah religious community in the town of Subang in West Java province.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Human Rights Watch
By HRW | APRIL 28, 2017

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President Jokowi has failed to translate his rhetorical support for human rights into meaningful policy initiatives. Religious minorities remain vulnerable to restrictions on their religious freedom due to discriminatory regulations.
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Indonesian officials and security forces have been complicit in the violent forced eviction of more than 7,000 members of the Gafatar religious community from their homes on Kalimantan island since January 2016.[13]

In January 2016, local Indonesian authorities banned the activities of the Ahmadiyah religious community in the town of Subang in West Java province.[14]

Neither Jokowi nor other national officials have spoken out or intervened to lift the ban.

That same month, local government officials on Bangka Island, located off the east coast of Sumatra, told the island’s Ahmadiyah community to convert to Sunni Islam or face forcible expulsion from the area.[15]

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[13] “Indonesia: Persecution of Gafatar Religious Group,” Human Rights Watch news release, March 29, 2016, https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/03/29/indonesia-persecution-gafatar-religi....

[14] “Indonesia: Ahmadiyah Community Persecuted,” Human Rights Watch news release, February 11, 2016, https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/02/11/indonesia-ahmadiyah-community-persec....

[15] Phelim Kine, “Indonesia’s Island of Intolerance,” commentary, Human Rights Watch Dispatch, January 26, 2016, https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/26/dispatches-indonesias-island-intoler....


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