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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
International Press and Media Desk
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
22 Deer Park, London, SW19 3TL
Tel / Fax (44) 020 8544 7613 Mobile (44) 07795460318
9 June 2008
INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT FAILS TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY
It is with great regret that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has learnt of the apparent decision of the Head of State of Indonesia, President Susilo Yudhoyono to sign a decree ordering members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to stop practicing their faith or face possible imprisonment. This decree belligerently violates the human rights of every Ahmadi Muslim in Indonesia and ignores the principles of religious freedom enshrined in the country’s Constitution.
The Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said:
“The Indonesian Government must realize that it is denying its most loyal citizens their most basic rights and this alone speaks volumes. In recent months Ahmadis have been attacked, forced out of their homes and seen their places of worship being burnt down. This decree can only increase the risk of violence and cruelty against our peace loving and tolerant Community.
The thoughts and prayers of all Ahmadis are with our brothers and sisters in Indonesia and indeed in all other parts of the world where we are persecuted. May God Almighty keep them all under His protection.”
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