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Indonesian Ombudsman asks HKBP Filadelfia to accept church relocation plan

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 26, 2019   /  07:31 pm
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Members of the embattled GKI Yasmin and HKBP Filadelfia churches make a Christmas tree from dried wooden sticks to celebrate Christmas in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Members of the Filadelfia Congregation of Batak Protestant Churches (HKBP Filadelfia) in Bekasi regency, West Java, have been seeking access to their church and government protection from those they say are intolerant since 2009. However, the government’s only response to date has been to ask them to accept a plan to relocate the HKBP Filadelfia church, which was sealed off a decade ago after protests and cases of alleged assault against its members, to a multipurpose building. The beleaguered members of the Tambun church do not have access to their own half-built property, even though the government ruled in favor of the congregants’ worship rights. According to a press release from the Indonesian Ombudsman, the church is allowed to hold service and worship in a multipurpose building located elsewhere in Kampung Pulo, Sumber Jaya village, South Tambun. Indonesian...