Indonesian Government Terminates Food Supplies to Refugees



    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The Indonesian Government has stopped rice
supplies to refugees housed in two shelters, aggravating their hunger and
suffering. The sole reason for the denial of rice to these refugees is that
they are members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a peaceful and law-abiding
community which was declared heretical in 2008 by the Indonesian Government on
account of their peacefully held religious views.
    Over two years ago, these refugees were evicted by force from their
homes. They include women, children and the elderly. In 2006, the Islamic
Ulema Association (MUI) declared all members of the Ahmadiyya Community to be
heretics and thus as non-Muslims. As a result of this declaration of heresy,
the MUI ordered that the houses and properties of the Ahmadiyya in the Lingsar
District, West Lombok and the Praya Sub-District, Central Lombok be forcibly
destroyed. The violent destruction caused hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims to flee
for their safety. They are currently being held in two refugee shelters
administered by the Indonesian Government.
    In explaining the denial of the supply of rice to the Ahmadiyya refugee
shelters, Bachruddin, the Head of the Social Services Ministry was quoted by
the Jakarta Post as saying, "Frankly, the Ministry did not allocate rice for
Ahmadiyya refugees this year. So we will stop it." This latest decision by the
Indonesian Government marks a further escalation in the continuing persecution
and suffering of the Ahmadiyya Community in Indonesia.
    Citing the refusal of the refugees to accept the decree of themselves as
non-Muslims and to deny their deeply-held religious beliefs, the Police Chief
was quoted by the Jakarta Post as stating, "They are currently safer in the
refugee shelters." As a result, requests for the repatriation of these
refugees to their villages have been repeatedly denied in order to allegedly
protect them from the danger they undoubtedly face at the hands of religious
extremists.
    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Amnesty International,
Human Rights Watch and other human rights non-governmental organizations are
advised to encourage the Indonesian Government to restore the human rights of
the Ahmadiyya Community in accordance with internationally mandated standards,
to allow all of them free passage to their homes and properties, and to
guarantee their safety from extremist violence and harassment.
    "That Indonesia is the largest Muslim country by population and yet has
no respect for the rights of religious minorities indicates that its
Government is acting against the clearest injunctions of Islam let alone
international human rights standards," said Mr. Lal Khan Malik, the President
of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada. He further added that, "The world
should take serious notice of the gross violations of the human rights of the
Ahmadiyya Community in Indonesia."
    For more information on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada visit:
www.ahmadiyya.ca or www.alislam.org





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For further information: Mumtaz Butt at amjmedia@ahmadiyya.ca

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