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Rights commission 'must be brave'
Lack of action has encouraged attacks against members of AhmadiyahA religious leader (right) handed group statement to Komnas HAM
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- March 9, 2011
The group, representing 14 NGOs, issued the demands in a statement delivered to the national commissionâ€™s office in Jakarta yesterday.
â€śWe came here to urge this commission to act faster,â€ť said Jesuit Father Yohanes Nikolaus Haryanto, secretary-general of the Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace.
He was addressing the commissionâ€™s deputy chief, Nurcholis, who accepted the document.
The priest said lack of action that has encouraged attacks against members of the Ahmadiyah sect has become the groupâ€™s main concern.
â€śAttacks against the sectâ€™s members have the potential to lead to genocide since there is growing hatred [against sect members] nowadays,â€ť the group said in the statement.
Following a deadly attack on February 6 in Banten in central Java, several governors and district heads issued by-laws banning the sect which doesnâ€™t recognize Mohammed as the last Muslim prophet.
There is a systematic plan to get rid of the sect, said Bhatara Ibnu Reza from the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor.
â€śI am afraid this will also happen to other minority groups,â€ť he warned.
Usman Hamid from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence said the national commission should be brave in dealing with such issues.
He said the national commissionâ€™s reluctance to tackle these issues head on threatened its credibility.
Nurcholis acknowledged the groupâ€™s concerns and admitted attacks were a problem which needed to be addressed.
â€śWe have met with police and urged them to act decisively,â€ť he said.