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Indonesian Christians to be Executed, Muslims to get Amnesty for Same Crimes?

For Immediate Release

You are free to disseminate the following news. We request that you reference ICC (International Christian Concern) and include our web address Contact Jeff King President, 301-989-1708, [email protected]

(August 9, 2006) The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has just become informed that the execution date has been set for three Christians involved in the Poso conflict. The men are to be executed on Saturday, August 12, at 12:15am. While these men have admitted their involvement in the conflict, they were the only ones charged in a conflict in which massive numbers of Muslims participated.

Tibo, Riwu, and Da Silva, all Christian, were the only men charged in the Poso conflict, even though the conflict started in 1998 and went till 2003. This is a glaring injustice and hints of massive coverup by the Indonesian government. ICC has personally investigated the Poso conflict. Entire Christian villages were attacked with government munitions and burned down using Indonesian government fuel trucks. Christian adults and children were beheaded. The Muslim community initiated the attacks and there was every indication that local Muslim government leaders were involved. Why were no Muslims ever charged in any of the attacks?

On the 19th of June, 2000, more than 200 Christian women, children and men were massacred in one church alone (Halmahera Evangelical Church in Duma), and not one person was ever arrested, charged or imprisoned, let alone executed for this crime. Altogether, approximately 10,000 Christians were murdered and 1,000 churches burned down across Indonesia from 1998 to 2003. Yet the government could never find any Muslims to charge?
Jeff King, President of ICC, stated, “There are so many Muslims in the Poso area with blood on their hands that the Governor of Central Sulawesi, where Poso is located, recently conveyed to the community that in order to attain peace it was necessary to implement a ‘General Amnesty’ for those implicated in the Poso case. Religious and cultural leaders of the Poso community have also repeatedly held meetings in order to achieve a ‘General Amnesty.’ Strangely, the need for amnesty is only for those who have not been charged.”

ICC requests that all concerned individuals contact their Indonesian embassy to urge the Indonesian government to intervene in this case to:

1. Delay the execution.

2. Reopen a wide ranging investigation into the Poso attacks to so that everyone who is guilty can be charged or amnestied.

Indonesian Embassy US
2020 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington , D.C. 20036, USA
Tel. – 202 – 775 – 5200;
Fax. 202 – 775 – 5365

Indonesian Embassy UK
38 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HW

Tel. (020) 7499 7661
Fax. (020) 7491 4993

Indonesian Embassy Canada
Post Mail: 55 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa , Ontario K1Y 1E5, Canada
Phone: (613) 724-1100
Fax: (613) 724-1105