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Home Worldwide Indonesia April, 2008 Nat`l Rights Commission …
Nat’l Rights Commission to take stand on Ahmadiyah issue

Antara News
04/22/08 16:30
Nat’l Rights Commission to take stand on Ahmadiyah issue

Jakarta (ANTARA News) — The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) will this week adopt a position on the “deviant” Islamic sect Jamaah Ahmadiyah (JAI) following the issuance of a recommendation by the Coordinating Board for Monitoring Religious Faiths in Society (Bakor Pakem) that the sect’s activities must be stopped.

“Later this week at the latest, Komnas HAM will have determined its position on the Ahmadiyah movement,” Komnas HAM spokesperson Hesti Armiwulan said here on Monday.

Earlier, on Thursday, April 17, members of JAI and the Nationalist Alliance for Freedom of Religion and Belief (AKKBB) came to the Komnas HAM office to protest against the Bakor Pakem recommendation.

Hesti Ariwulan said Komnas HAM actually did not have any schedule for a plenary session to discuss the fate of Ahmadiyah.

“JAI came to Komnas HAM on Thursday, or one day after we concluded our plenary session on April 15-16. Therefore, we did not discuss the Ahmadiyah issue ,” Hesti Ariwulan said.

The recommendation from the Bakor Pakem called for the issuance of a government decree to outlaw Ahmadiyah.

However, ulema in the Cirebon chapter of the largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) had called on Ahmadiyah followers to file a lawsuit against the government for its plan to ban their organization.(*)

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