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REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA:
HOMES OF RELIGIOUS MINORITY DESTROYED BY MOB

Update info:
28 May 2018
Country:
REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
Subject:
Ahmadiyya individuals in Gereneng village
Gender m/f: both
Period:
3 Jul 2018
Distribution date:
28 May 2018
UA No:
104/2018

Police evacuated at least 23 members of the Ahmadiyya religious minority in East Lombok to another town after neighbouring villagers destroyed their homes and possessions on 19 May 2018. Repeatedly attacked over a period of 24 hours, the community continue to face on-going intimidation and threats of damage to their property.

The mobs repeatedly destroyed at least eight houses, four motorcycles, a local store and other belongings to the community, using stones, bricks and sticks, but police and military personnel stopped them and ordered them to return home.

The military commanders and district government organized a mediation meeting and decided to relocate the Ahmadiyya members to a temporary shelter in anather village. The commander of the local police force has promised to initiate an investigation into the attacks. Victims of the attack, mostly women and children, have not yet been able to return to their homes. 

The Ahmadiyya are a religious group who consider themselves part of Islam. However, many Muslim groups say they do not adhere to the accepted belief system. Members of the Ahmadiyya community have faced discrimination, intimidation and threats in various other parts of Indonesia because their teachings are viewed as “deviant” by the government. The Indonesian government must take concrete steps to protect minority communities like the Ahmadiyyas from violence and forced evictions and counter advocacy and acts of hatred against them.

Religious minority groups in Indonesia, including Shi’a, Ahmadiyya and Christian communities often face harassment, intimidation and attacks. At least 1,500 members of the religious minority group the Fajar Nusantara Movement (Gafatar) were forcibly evicted from their villages in Menpawah, West Kalimantan in January. In December 2011, a mob set fire to a place of worship, a boarding school and number of homes belonging to the Shi’a community on Madura Island. In Lombok, East Nusa Tenggara province, an Ahmadiyya community has been living in inadequate housing since their homes were attacked and burnt by a mob in February 2006. Both the Ahmadiyya and Shia communities have not been able to return to their homes and have lived in temporary accommodation since.

Take action

Please write immediately in English, Bahasa or your own language calling on authorities in Indonesia:

  • Ensure the safety of the 23 Ahmadiyya members in Gereneng village and take steps to ensure that all other Ahmadiyya members in West Nusa Tenggara Province are protected from forced evictions;
  • Ensure that all those involved in the attack against the Ahmadiyya community are brought to justice in line with international standards and that victims are provided reparations;
  • Facilitate and guarantee the safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Ahmadiyya community to their homes, according to their wishes, and to provide assistance to enable them to rebuild the homes that were damaged or destroyed.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 3 JULY 2018 TO:
Head of West Nusa Tenggara Regional Police
Brig. Gen. (Police) Achmat Juri
Regional Police of West Nusa Tenggara
Jl. Langko No 77, Mataram
West Nusa Tenggara Porvince
Indonesia 83125
Fax: +62 (0)370 633 152
Salutation: Dear General

The Governor of West Nusa Tenggara
TGH. Muhammad Zainul Majdi
Office of West Nusa Tenggara Governor
Jl. Pejanggik No.12, Mataram
West Nusa Tenggara Porvince
Indonesia 83122
Fax: +62 (0)370 22305
Email: kominfotik@ntbprov.go.id
Salutation: Dear Mr.

And copies to:
Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM)
Mr. Ahmad Taufan Damanik
Komnas HAM
Jalan Latuharhary No. 4
Jakarta Pusat, 10310 Indonesia
Fax: +62 (0)213 925 227
Email: info@komnasham.go.id

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.