Religious Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Recommend UsEmail this PagePersecution News RSS Blog
Introduction & Updates
<<… Indonesia >>
>> Papers & Analysis
Monthly Newsreports
Media Reports
Press Releases
Facts & Figures
Individual Case Reports
Pakistan and Ahmadis
Critical Analysis/Archives
Persecution - In Pictures
United Nations, HCHR
Amnesty International
US States Department
Urdu Section
Feedback/Site Tools
Related Links

One of the most outstanding, monthly English magazine, Review of Religions has been in publication since 1902. The objective of this publication is to educate, enlighten and inform its readers on religious, social, economic and political issues with particular emphasis on Islam. The contributors to this magazine are from various walks of life discussing on comparative religious issues, contemporary social and political issues, latest scientific discoveries and much more. A must read.
Published from London UK, this monthly magazine is available for annual subscription only. Can be subscribed as a gift for friends and relatives. (read it online)
US$30.00 [Order]

Home Worldwide Indonesia February, 2011 US, Australia warn RI…
US, Australia warn RI about growing intolerance

Thu, 02/24/2011 12:13 PM
US, Australia warn RI about growing intolerance
Zamzam Aden, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

A United States congressman and Australian envoy as well as local and international experts expressed concerns over recent attacks on minority groups in Indonesia, warning that the attacks were a threat to freedom of expression.

US Congressman David Dreier, who met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday to hold talks on bilateral issues, told a press conference on Tuesday that he was willing to discuss the recent attacks on Ahmadis if the issue came up.

“The burning of churches is something I believe is anathema to the idea of allowing freedom of expression, which I know the Indonesian government supports,” said Dreier.

“We’re not here to intervene in internal affairs, but I know there is a great concern about the whole situation of any kind of religious intolerance.”

Recent attacks on the minority Ahmadiyah Muslim sect involved the killing of three men in Cikeusik village, Banten province, and attacks on three churches in Temanggung, Central Java.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty said he was appalled by the killings “but similarly many Indonesians were appalled by those killings and violence” and that he believed President Yudhoyono was committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“We have to take the President’s words at face value,” said Moriarty

Yudhoyono should not wait too long to act said political expert Nasir Tamara.

“The state should not be absent. Indonesia is a democratic country and the state should protect its citizens, including religious minorities,” said Nasir.

On Monday, Ahmadiyah spokesman Zafrullah Pontoh rejected a government proposal to deem the sect a new religion.

Nasir said the government should not attempt to corner Ahmadiyah with the proposal, which in effect would forcefully eject Ahmadis from Islam.

“This is nothing new; everyone knew it would happen,” said Nasir.

A visiting Australian professor of the Australia-Indonesia Institute Board, David Hill, said that like other communities, Indonesia’s acceptance of different religious views had not been as successful as many would have hoped.

“Indonesia certainly faces considerable challenges in that regard, but what is clear to me is the forces of tolerance far outweigh the voice of intolerance.”

Copyright © 2008 The Jakarta Post - PT Bina Media Tenggara. All Rights Reserved
Top of page