Indonesia has seen a rising religious intolerance and violence toward religious minorities with impunity for the past decade. Human rights activists in the country called for the newly-elected president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to uphold human rights and take actions to end religious violence against religious minorities after his inauguration in October.
08/28/2014 Indonesia (Jakarta Post)– In a move to push president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s to unconditionally commit to uphold human rights when leading the country, human rights campaigners strongly called for the Jakarta governor to immediately end prolonged discrimination against the country’s religious minorities following his inauguration in October.
Activists included discriminations against members of the Ahmadiyah communities in Bekasi, West Java, and in Ketapang, West Nusa Tenggara, the Sampang Shia community in East Java and the congregation of the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin in Bogor, West Java in the list of cases of rights violations submitted to Jokowi through his transition team during a closed-door meeting at the team’s headquarters in Central Jakarta.
“Pak Jokowi, as a governor, was widely applauded when he, despite harsh resistance by certain groups, appointed Bu Susan. He has proved that the state could not be suppressed,” Hendardi, head of the human rights watchdog Setara Institute, said Wednesday, referring to Lenteng Agung subdistrict head Susan Jasmine Zulkifli.
Susan’s appointment last year raised strong opposition from intolerant groups, as well as from some residents, because of her Christian background. They demanded her dismissal. However, against all odds, Jokowi stood by her.
“As soon as he is officially a president, Pak Jokowi must take concrete action and issue policies to allow members of the Ahmadiyah and the Shia communities, who have been exiled for years over accusations of blasphemy, to return home. He must also order the unsealing of the Ahmadiyah’s Al-Mishbah Mosque in Bekasi and of the GKI Yasmin’s church building in Bogor,” Hendardi added.