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AHRC (01.03.2017) – http://bit.ly/2ms3xuM – The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the following: forcible closure, intimidation, discrimination and State negligence against the Ahmadiyya congregation (JAI) of the Al-Hidayah Mosque, Depok City, West Java province. Without any reason, the Depok city govermmenet forcibly closed and sealed off the Mosque belonging to local Ahmadiyya groups. The local government and the police failed to ensure protection for the Ahmadiyya. On the contrary, without due process of law, the government issued a controversial policy to permanently prohibit local Ahmadiyya congregations and their activities in the Al-Hidayah Mosque.

Case Narrative

On Wednesday 22 February 2017, the Ahmadiyya Indonesia Congregations of Depok city, West Java province received an invitation letter from the local Depok City government. It requested the JAI leader to attend a meeting related to activities of the Depok City Ahmadiyya congregations.

However, at 06.00 pm the same day, there was a phoned message that the meeting was cancelled by the government. No reason was given. On Thursday, February 23 at 08.30 am, Mr. Dadang, chair of the National and Political Unity Office (Kesbangpol) of Depok city phoned Mr. Farid Ahmad, a local Islamic religious leader. He invited him to attend a meeting in the government offices.

During the meeting, Mr. Dadang said that in the last three days the Depok City situation had become unstable, with religious discord increasing. He added that a huge demonstration would be held in front of the Al-Hidayah Mosque (Ahmadiyya Mosque). At 10.00 am Thursday, February 23, a government representative came to Al Hidayah Mosque. He asked about their building permit. After checking the document, it was shown that the Al-Hidayah Mosque had an official building permit from 2007.

Nevertheless, at 02.00 pm, the commander of the local civil service police unit (Satpol PP), Mr. Dudi Mi’raz Imaduddin forcibly closed down and sealed off the Al-Hidayah Mosque. This happened despite the Mosque having an official building permit. An announcement was posted in front of the Mosque prohibiting anyone from entering or using the Mosque. All doors and windows were permanently closed with wooden shutters.

The entire process was witnessed by the commander of the Depok police office (Polsek Depok), the village head of Sawangan Depok, the head of sub-district Sawangan Depok and the commander of the local military office (Koramil Depok). Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) of Depok city, KH. Abdullah Syafei and K.H. Fachrudin, also attended the forcible closure. The Ahmadiyya congregations protested against the closure because it was executed without judicial process. Therefore, the sealing off and forced closure is illegal and against the rule of law.

The Ahmadiyya congregations submitted a written letter to the police for guaranteed protection. They stated that there is social media propaganda about an invitation to the people. They were asked to become involved in the forcible closure of Al-Hidayah which will be conducted on February 24. Later, the chief of police came to the Al-Hidayah Mosque. He announced to the Ahmadiyya congregations that there will be a huge public protest of some 5000 people in front of the Al-Hidayah Mosque.

Suggested Action

Please write to the authorities listed below, asking them to investigate and audit the policy of the Depok City government regarding the forcible closure of the Al-Hidayah Mosque. The central government, ombudsman, parliament and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) must be involved in Depok City’s policy on Ahmadiyya.

Protection and equal treatment should be ensured for the Ahmadiyya congregations. Anyone who breaches the law, attacks or intimidates minority religions and belief groups in Indonesia should be prosecuted.

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Sample letter:
Dear ………………..,

INDONESIA : Discrimination and prohibition of Ahmadiyya Congregations to pray in their Mosque

Name of victims : Congregations of Amadiya Depok City of Al-Hidayah Mosque
Names of alleged perpetrators : Government of Depok City, Police, Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP)
Date of incident : 22, 23 and 24 February 2017
Place of incident : Al-Hidayah Mosque, Depok City, West Java province

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the following: forcible closure, intimidation, discrimination and State negligence against the Ahmadiyya congregation (JAI) of the Al-Hidayah Mosque, Depok City, West Java province. Without any reason, the Depok city govermmenet forcibly closed and sealed off the Mosque belonging to local Ahmadiyya groups. The local government and the police failed to ensure protection for the Ahmadiyya. On the contrary, without due process of law, the government issued a controversial policy to permanently prohibit local Ahmadiyya congregations and their activities in the Al-Hidayah Mosque.

On Wednesday 22 February 2017, the Ahmadiyya Indonesia Congregations of Depok city, West Java province received an invitation letter from the local Depok City government. It requested the JAI leader to attend a meeting related to activities of the Depok City Ahmadiyya congregations.

However, at 06.00 pm the same day, there was a phoned message that the meeting was cancelled by the government. No reason was given. On Thursday, February 23 at 08.30 am, Mr. Dadang, chair of the National and Political Unity Office (Kesbangpol) of Depok city phoned Mr. Farid Ahmad, a local Islamic religious leader. He invited him to attend a meeting in the government offices.

During the meeting, Mr. Dadang said that in the last three days the Depok City situation had become unstable, with religious discord increasing. He added that a huge demonstration would be held in front of the Al-Hidayah Mosque (Ahmadiyya Mosque). At 10.00 am Thursday, February 23, a government representative came to Al Hidayah Mosque. He asked about their building permit. After checking the document, it was shown that the Al-Hidayah Mosque had an official building permit from 2007.

Nevertheless, at 02.00 pm, the commander of the local civil service police unit (Satpol PP), Mr. Dudi Mi’raz Imaduddin forcibly closed down and sealed off the Al-Hidayah Mosque. This happened despite the Mosque having an official building permit. An announcement was posted in front of the Mosque prohibiting anyone from entering or using the Mosque. All doors and windows were permanently closed with wooden shutters.

The entire process was witnessed by the commander of the Depok police office (Polsek Depok), the village head of Sawangan Depok, the head of sub-district Sawangan Depok and the commander of the local military office (Koramil Depok). Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) of Depok city, KH. Abdullah Syafei and K.H. Fachrudin, also attended the forcible closure. The Ahmadiyya congregations protested against the closure because it was executed without judicial process. Therefore, the sealing off and forced closure is illegal and against the rule of law.

The Ahmadiyya congregations submitted a written letter to the police for guaranteed protection. They stated that there is social media propaganda about an invitation to the people. They were asked to become involved in the forcible closure of Al-Hidayah which will be conducted on February 24. Later, the chief of police came to the Al-Hidayah Mosque. He announced to the Ahmadiyya congregations that there will be a huge public protest of some 5000 people in front of the Al-Hidayah Mosque.

Therefore, I respectfully request that you investigate and audit the policy of the Depok City government on the forcible closure of the Al-Hidayah Mosque. The central government, ombudsman, parliament and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) must be involved to monitor the investigation on government policy on the Ahmadiyya.

Protection and equal treatment should be ensured for the Ahmadiyya congregations. Anyone who breaches the law, attacks or intimidates minority religions and belief groups in Indonesia should be prosecuted.

I look forward to your prompt action in this matter.

Yours Sincerely,

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

  1. Mr. Joko Widodo
    President of the Republic of Indonesia
    Jl. Veteran No. 16
    Jakarta Pusat
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 3458 595
    Fax: +62 21 3484 4759
    E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id
    2. Mr. Yasonna Laoly
    Minister of Law and Human Rights
    Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6–7
    Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 525 3006, 525 3889
    Fax: +62 21 525 3095

    3. Dr. Mualimin Abdi SH., MH
    Director General of Human Rights
    Office of the Director General of Human Rights
    Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6–7
    Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 5253006
    Fax: +62 21 5253095

    4. General Pol. Drs. H.M. Tito Karnavian, M.A., Ph.D
    Chief of National Police (KAPOLRI)
    Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3 KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan 12110
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 384 8537, 726 0306
    Fax: +62 21 7220 669
    E-mail: info@polri.go.id

    5. Ms. Poengky Indarti
    Commissioner of the National Police Commission
    Jl. Tirtayasa VII No. 20
    KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 739 2315
    Fax: +62 21 739 2352
    E-mail: secretariat@kompolnas.go.id, skm@kompolnas.go.id

    6. Professor. Amzulian Rifai S.H, LL.M, PhD
    Chairperson of Ombudsman of Republic of Indonesia
    Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Kav. C-19 Kuningan (GedungPengadilan TIPIKOR) Jakarta Selatan
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 52960894/95
    Fax: +62 21-52960904/05

  2. Dr. HM. Azis Syamsuddin, SH
    Chairperson of the Commission III of The House of Representative
    KetuaKomisi III DPR RI
    Gedung Nusantara II DPR RI, Lt I
    JalanJenderalGatotSubroto, Jakarta,
    INDONESIA
    Telp : +62 21 -5715566, +62 21-5715569, +62 21-5715864
    Fax : +62 21 5715566
  3. Mr. Lukman Hakim Saifuddin
    Minister of Religion (Menteri Agama)
    Jl. Lap. Banteng Barat 3-4Jakarta 10710
    INDONESIA
    Tel.: +62 21 3811720
    Fax.: +62 21 3811436
  4. M. Imdadun Rahmat
    Chairperson of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM)
    Jl. Latuharhary No. 4-B
    Jakarta 10310
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 392 5227-30
    Fax: +62 21 392 5227
    E-mail: info@komnas.go.id

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