Urgent Action: Homes of Religious Minority Destroyed by Mob (Indonesia UA 104.18)
May 23, 2018
Police evacuated at least 23 members of the Ahmadiyya religious minority in East Lombok to another town after neighbouring villagers destroyed their homes and possessions. Repeatedly attacked over a period of 24 hours, the community continues to face on-going intimidation and threats of damage to their property.
At least 23 individuals from the Ahmadiyya religious minority in Gereneng village, in West Nusa Tenggara Province were evacuated by the East Lombok Police following an attack by dozens people from the same village on 19 May 2018. Starting at 11am local time, the mob destroyed at least six houses, four motorcycles, a local store and household equipment belonging to the members of the Ahmadiyya community. According to one of the victims, the mob also took her family’s jewelry and money. Victims of the attack, mostly women and children, have not yet been able to return to their homes.
1) TAKE ACTION Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
Ensure the safety of the 23 Ahmadiyya members in Gereneng village and take steps to ensure that all other Ahmadiyya members in West Nusa Tenggara Province are protected from forced evictions;
Ensure that all those involved in the attack against the Ahmadiyya community are brought to justice in line with international standards and that victims are provided reparations;
Facilitate and guarantee the safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Ahmadiyya community to their homes, according to their wishes, and to provide assistance to enable them to rebuild the homes that were damaged or destroyed.
Contact these two officials by 3 July, 2018:
Head of West Nusa Tenggara Regional Police Brig. Gen. (Police) Achmat Juri Regional Police of West Nusa Tenggara Jl. Langko No 77, Mataram West Nusa Tenggara Province Indonesia 83125 Fax: +62 (0)370 633 152 Salutation: Dear Brigadier General
Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 Phone: 202.775.5200 Twitter: @KBRIWashDC Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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