Indonesia: Govt Pledges to Uphold Rights of Ahmadiyah
The Ahmadis have been under attack from hard-line Muslim elements in several regions, including in West Java and West Nusa Tenggara, with their mosques burned or vandalized and some adherents killed in violent attacks.
Source/Credit: The Jakarta Globe
By Arientha Primanita | September 4, 2013
The government has no plans to disband the Ahmadiyah congregation in Bekasi, despite a request from the municipality.
“The government’s position is to uphold the constitution, which guarantees religious freedom and freedom to one’s own beliefs,” Coordinating Minister of Security, Political and Legal Affairs Djoko Suyanto told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday. “There must not be any coercion or violence by anyone to anyone else.”
Djoko, who is on a state visit to Poland alongside President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said that his office came to its conclusion yesterday in a meeting led by the ministry’s secretary. Officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Police and the Military and State Intelligence Agency were in attendance.
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