Thursday, March 17, 2011

US Lawmakers Urge Yudhoyono to Revoke Ahmadiyah Bans

Jakarta Globe, Indonesia
US Lawmakers Urge Yudhoyono to Revoke Ahmadiyah Bans
March 17, 2011

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has received a letter from 27 US lawmakers urging him to immediately revoke recent provincial decrees and the 2008 national decree banning Ahmadiyah activities.

“Not only do the decrees recently issued in East and West Java run contrary to the principles of international human rights, but we also fear that they will only serve to embolden extremists and exacerbate violence against the Ahmadiyah community,” the letter states.

The letter cites the recent attack on Ahmadis in Cikeusik village, Banten, where three Ahmadiyah followers were beaten to death.

The 27 congressmen and women who have signed the letter also urged the Indonesian government repeal the country’s blasphemy law.

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