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UN Urges Indonesia to Eradicate Religious Discrimination


The regulations that endorse discrimination, among other things, are the Law on Defamation of Religion that was issued in 1965, Ministerial Decrees in 1969 and 2006 on the construction of houses of worship, and the 2008 Joint Ministerial Decree on Ahmadiyah.

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By Muhamad Rizki | November 14, 2012

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, Navanethem Pillay, expressed concern over the number of cases of religious discrimination in Indonesia. She urged the government to repeal laws that aggravate discrimination.

“The fundamental principle of international human rights is non-discrimination. This applies in all areas for all people,” said Navanethem at a press conference in Jakarta, on Nov. 13.

The regulations that endorse discrimination, among other things, are the Law on Defamation of Religion that was issued in 1965, Ministerial Decrees in 1969 and 2006 on the construction of houses of worship, and the 2008 Joint Ministerial Decree on Ahmadiyah.

While in Indonesia, Navanethem met with groups suffering from discrimination, such as the congregation of GKI Yasmin Bogor, HKBP Filadelfia Bekasi, the Shiites, and Ahmadiyah followers. She was concerned about the police force who failed to provide protection to the victims.

“The above fundamental principles could be lost if decisive action is not taken. This is unfortunate, because the Constitution of Indonesia upholds this principle and states that every person has the freedom to choose their religion and worship in accordance with their religion,” said Navanethem.

In the case of the Yasmin (GKI) church, for example, Navanethem said the officials in Bogor did not execute the ruling by the Supreme Court to reopen the church. “I speak as a former judge,” she said. Until today, GKI Yasmin and HKBP Filadelfia congregations are not yet able to worship at their place of worship. Their churches are padlocked and their intention to worship has been intercepted by intolerant masses.

In the case of Ahmadiyah, as they were about to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the police who were present instead urged Ahmadis to sign an agreement that they would not observe the Eid al-Adha prayers. The reason? In the interest of public order.

Navanethem urged President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to settle all of the above cases. “Issues of violence in communities are not easy to resolve. However, I am concerned over the statements by officials who support religious discrimination,” she said.

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