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Persecution: From Lombok to Sampang

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 4 2012   /  08:00 am

More than a week after an attack on a Shiite community in which two people were killed in Sampang, Madura Island, in East Java, at least 270 refugees in the area are still waiting for a safety guarantee. One Shiite and one Sunni were killed, while another Shiite remains in critical condition.

The government has offered to relocate the Shiites — a move that has been rejected by Shiite representatives.

On Tuesday, the head of the interfaith harmony unit at the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Slamet Effendi Yusuf, told The Jakarta Post that a settlement to the problem “should not disfavor any party”.

In 2006, the Ahmadiyah community was also attacked and driven out of their homes in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Mainstream Muslims do not recognize the Ahmadis as Muslims, and a national ministerial decision and dozens of bylaws restrict their activities. Despite t...