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Minorities told to defend their rights
Legal adviser tells religious leaders to use the courtsParticipants at the training program
- Windy Subanto, Bukittinggi
- February 8, 2011
According to Vino Oktavia, so far discrimination cases, particularly those involving minority groups, have only become â€śa discussionâ€ť in society.
â€śThe faithful, whose freedom of religion is violated or discriminated against, can bring a case to court. If a regulation is not right, a judicial review is allowed,â€ť he told Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Protestant leaders as well as activists attending a training program on religious freedom organized by the institute in Bukittinggi.
The Muslim layman pointed out that discrimination against minority groups violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the 1945 constitution.
He lamented the Indonesian governmentâ€™s failure to implement freedom of religion. â€śIn many cases, the government - in this case [meaning the] police - seemed to let such violations happen,â€ť he said.
He added that the government only recognized six religions - Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Hindu, Islam and Protestantism - and ignored beliefs followed by tribal people. â€śThose who do not adhere to one of these religions cannot have an identity card. It means they lose their civil and political rights,â€ť he continued.
Offering legal aid to those facing discrimination, he maintained that such legal aid â€śis a fight for human rights.â€ť
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