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Ahmadiyah followers in W Nusa Tenggara permited to seek asylum

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Ahmadiyah followers in W Nusa Tenggara permited to seek asylum

Mataram (ANTARA News) — West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Deputy Governor HB Thamrin Rayes has said the local administration would not prevent Ahmadiyah religious followers from seeking an asylum in another country.

“Ahmadiyah religious followers are permited to seek an asylum in other countries because they have the right to do so,” Thamrin Rayes said here on Tuesday.

More than 130 of Ahmadiyah faithfuls are at present still at the Transito Majeluk dormitory here after their homes in Gegerung and Lingsar villages, West Lombok, were attacked and set on fire in December last year.

Police were said they only watched and did nothing while the torching of the houses progressed. After the attack about 130 of the Ahmadiyah faithfuls were evacuated to dormitory in Mataram.

Thamrin Rayes noted that the Ahmadiyah religious followers had the right to seek asylum in anoher country under the central government`s responsibility.

“They have the right for seeking asylum in another country and it is the responsibility of central government,” he said, adding that some of them would like to go to Australia.

He pointed out that a number of Ahmadiyah leaders recently went to the Australian consulate in Denpasar, Bali, to seek asylum because they have been at the Transito dormitory in Mataram for a long time.

To date they still have no courage to return to their homes in Gegerung village in West Lombok because they still have no way out and refuse to mingle with the local people.

“The government wants to relocate the Ahmadiyah congregation under a transmigration program but they may refuse the offer,” said the NTB deputy governor.

Head of the Transmigration office in Mataram, Imbang Saharudin, accompanied by local Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) boss, Mahali Fikry, had once said that transmigration was the final solution to the problem.

But 30 Ahmadiyah families refused to move.

They continued their demand for the responsibility of the government to protect them from attacks and for wherever they choose to live.(*)

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