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Amid more intolerance, don’t welcome IS returnees

  • Irine Hiraswari Gayatri
    Irine Hiraswari Gayatri

    Senior researcher at the Center for Political Studies in the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

Clayton, Victoria   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  12:32 pm
Amid more intolerance, don’t welcome IS returnees A screen capture of Mariam Abdullah, an Indonesian in Islamic State camp in Syria, in a video by (JP/-)

Following the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) movement at the end of March in Syria, Indonesia faces the question of what to do with some 500 former Indonesian recruits currently living in shelters. Tempo magazine has recently reported on the situation of the women in the refugee camps. One gains the impression that those who fled from Indonesia to join foreign forces still have the right to receive sympathy from fellow Indonesians. Yet many people have expressed strong disagreement against such notions, as reflected on social media. The cause is quite clear: that IS supporters left for their personal beliefs and interest, disregarding their status as citizens of a sovereign nation comprising people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Perhaps Tempo has forgotten about the victims of terrorist actions in Indonesia, who have endured hardships and trauma because of...

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