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International rights groups express concerns following Ahok verdict

  • Bagus Saragih
    Bagus Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, May 9, 2017 | 11:14 pm
International rights groups express concerns following Ahok verdict Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama waves upon arriving at the Cipinang detention center in East Jakarta on Tuesday. (Antara/Ubaidillah)

A number of international organizations have expressed concern about the state of human rights in Indonesia following the guilty verdict and two-year jail term handed down to Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for blasphemy on Tuesday.

The European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, for instance, has issued a statement calling on the Indonesian government and people to continue their country's long-standing tradition of tolerance and pluralism.

“Indonesia and the EU have agreed to promote and protect the rights […] such as the freedom of thought, conscience and religion and freedom of expression,” it stated.

“The EU has consistently stated that laws that criminalize blasphemy when applied in a discriminatory manner can have a serious inhibiting effect on freedom of expression and on freedom of religion or belief.”

(Read also: Support grows as '#Ahok' grabs worldwide attention)

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's supporters rally on Tuesday outside the Agriculture Ministry auditorium where Ahok had been tried on blasphemy charges. They demanded he be acquitted and released.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Similarly, the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) also expressed concern, stating that the verdict could put Indonesia’s position as a regional leader “in jeopardy and raises concerns about Indonesia’s future as an open, tolerant, diverse society,” said Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian parliament and APHR chair.

The APHR said the ruling could embolden religious hard-liners and called into further question Indonesia’s harsh blasphemy law.

Amnesty International has also said the verdict could tarnish Indonesia’s reputation as a tolerant nation.

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