Saturday, January 19, 2013

sectarianism in Indonesia

"The threatened forced relocation of a Shi'a community living in temporary shelter in East Java is yet more evidence of the continuing discrimination against religious minorities in Indonesia, said Amnesty International. An estimated 165 Shi'as, including 48 children, have been living in inadequate conditions at a sports complex in Sampang district on Madura Island since August 2012 when they were displaced after their village was attacked by a mob.

Credible local sources told Amnesty International that the authorities have given the villagers until March to convert to Indonesia’s majority religion Sunni Islam if they wish to return to their homes.
Conditions in the displaced Shi'a community's temporary shelter have continued to deteriorate. Since 1 January the East Java provincial police have withdrawn the officers who had been protecting the community. In late December, the local authorities halted food supplies and medical services. They had previously cut off food supplies on 22 November which had resumed on 4 December. Some of the children in the shelter have fallen sick over the last few weeks." (thanks Basim)