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02/08/2012 Indonesia (Jakarta Globe) – Islamist parties demanded on Wednesday that the government ignore a Supreme Court ruling to unseal the GKI Yasmin church in Bogor, forcing the legislature to water down its already irresolute recommendation on ending the long-running dispute.
At a meeting with government officials to discuss the impasse over the beleaguered GKI Yasmin congregation, lawmakers from the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) argued that the final recommendation should not cite the Supreme Court’s order to reinstate the church’s permit.
Stripped of that clause, the legislature’s recommendation contained no actionable steps, merely reiterating a call for the Bogor administration and the central government to “immediately resolve” the dispute that has forced the church’s congregation to hold services on the street or in parishioners’ homes since 2008.

The Supreme Court ruling, issued in 2010, should have ended discrimination against the church, but Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto has refused to comply.
Representatives from the church were also barred from participating in the meeting on Wednesday, instead being banished to the spectators’ gallery.
The meeting, Pramono said, was between the House and the government, and it was not open to those involved in the dispute.
Bona Sigalingging, a spokesman for the congregation, said he was disappointed with the proceedings.
“We’ve been summoned to attend this meeting three times before, but each time it was canceled,” he said. “Now that it’s finally happening, we’ve been sent away.”
Among those at the meeting was Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, who claimed he and Diani “respect the Supreme Court’s ruling.”
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