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Feb 06 16:33
Ahmadiyah Followers’ Effort to Seek Asylum Overseas Baseless
Jakarta (ANTARA News) — The wish of Ahmadiyah sect followers to seek asylum overseas was unnecessary as the government would provide protection for them, Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirajuda said here Monday.
“The reason to seek asylum is baseless. The decision made by Ahmadiyah followers may only reflect the emotion of people who felt that they were not protected,” the minister said at the courtyard of the Merdeka palace.
Wirajuda said the Indonesian government notably the police would continue protecting the Ahmadiyah followers.
Foreign Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Desra Percaya said here on Sunday that the Geneva Convention issued on 1951 stipulated that the decision to give an asylum should be made based on a strong reason.
According to the convention, he said, people who were given an asylum were those who had been in danger for political, religious, and racial reasons or chased after by government agents.
“Ahmadiyah sect followers are not being chased after by the Indonesian government,” he said.
Some Ahmadiyah followers in Mataram, capital of West Nusa Tenggara, reportedly threatened to apply for asylum overseas after their houses were set ablaze last Saturday by the local residents.
The Religious Affairs Ministry on Sept 20, 1984, issued a circular directed to provincial offices throughout Indonesia declaring Ahmadiyah as misleading and against Islam on the grounds that its teaching believed Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the last prophet, instead of Prophet Muhammad. (*)