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Jakarta Post

Stretching public morality from Aceh to Papua

  • Pierre Marthinus

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 21 2013   /  10:25 am

Indonesia probably deserves every single criticism in the latest Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, which highlights governmental negligence and even complicity in the persecution of religious minorities.

The report opens with a graphic first person account of an Ahmadi who was stripped, robbed of his belongings, faced an attempted genital mutilation yet managed to get away with “only” a stab to his left eye.

The report consist of a no-holds-barred naming and shaming of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), the Islamic People’s Forum (FUI), the Indonesian Muslim Communication Forum (Forkami), Hizbut-Tahrir Indonesia and the Islamic Reformist Movement (Garis) as hardliners that participate in and/or support persecution of minorities they call “infidels” and “blasphemers”.

Suryadharma Ali’s Religious Affairs Ministry was repeatedly mentioned in the report by...