Komnas Perempuan calls to offer protection to Ahmadiyya community

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has called on the state to protect the Ahmadiyya community in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) that had been the target of attacks since October 1998.

Later, on May 19-20, 2018, another attack and vandalism against the Ahmadiyya community in East Lombok District, NTB, came to light.

Commissioner of Komnas Perempuan Imam Nahei, in his official statement here on Tuesday noted that based on the complaints received by Komnas Perempuan from the victims representatives, attacks were in the form of expulsion, threats, intimidation, and destruction of houses.

“The attack targeted seven Ahmadiyya heads of households, resulting in six damaged houses, four heavily damaged motorbikes, and household items destroyed, while 24 residents were forced to evacuate to the East Lombok Police station,” Nahei stated.

He remarked that Ahmadiyyas residents reported to the police about the attacks and violence that had taken place since March 2018, but the local security apparatus was unable to prevent the action.

Komnas Perempuan recorded attacks on Ahmadiyya people in NTB since October 1998, and such incidents have continued to increase at a steady rate that led to cases of expulsion from 2005 to 2006.

Nahei said such actions could have a prolonged impact, especially on women.

Komnas Perempuan has urged the central and regional governments to prioritize the immediate fulfillment of human rights and the Constitutional rights of Ahmadiyya people, as their rights, including the right to feel secure, have been neglected since 2006.

Komnas Perempuan has called on the state to offer comprehensive treatment to the victims of intolerance, with special attention given to womens vulnerability in accordance with the Social Conflict Handling Act.

Source: ANTARA News