IMPARSIAL's Statement of Position regarding the Forced Demolition of the Miftahul Huda Mosque Owned by JAI Balai Harapan Village by the Sintang District Government

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On Friday, January 28th, 2022, the Sintang Regency Government issued a Letter of Assignment containing an assignment to the Satpol PP to carry out the forced demolition of the Miftahul Huda Mosque belonging to the Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI) in Balai Harapan Village, Temunak, Sintang, on Saturday, January 29th, 2022, today. The purpose of the demolition of the mosque is to unilaterally convert it into a residence.

Imparsial criticized the Sintang District Government's move to force the demolition of the Miftahul Huda Mosque, owned by JAI Balai Harapan. The demolition act is a clear violation of the Constitution which has guaranteed the right to worship every citizen, including the right to build a house of worship. As regional head, the Sintang Regent should carry out his obligations to facilitate the establishment of places of worship as mandated in Ministerial PBM 2 No. 8 and 9 of 2006, including mediation in the event of a dispute. On the other hand, the Regent accommodates the will of the majority interest and even discriminates against the right to worship the Ahmadiyya Community.

It is important to understand that places of religion are an important element of the exercise of the right to worship as a manifestation of freedom of religion or belief that has been guaranteed in the Constitution. This is a substantive and real need for adherents of a religion or belief, so that the fulfillment of it should not be ignored. In this context, it is the obligation of the regional government to facilitate its establishment, not hinder it, including in terms of managing the administrative requirements for its establishment.

Imparsial considered that the forced demolition of the Ahmadiyya mosque showed that the Sintang District Government was carrying out a policy of preferring one group that had the effect of discriminating against minorities, which in this case was experienced by the Indonesian Ahmadiyya Congregation, Balai Harapan. Learning from the experience of similar events in other regions, this kind of policy politics is not only caused by the government's low commitment to the basic principles of the Indonesian state that have been mutually agreed upon, but also has the smell of transactional politics based on religious identity politics.

The policy of the Sintang Regency Government threatens the diversity and diversity of the Indonesian nation. The Regent's move is a bad example for regional heads who display political policies in regions that do not respect the diversity of their people.

Imparsial urges cases of intolerance and violations of the rights of the Ahmadiyya Congregation's KBB in Kab. Sintang should be a serious concern of the government at the central level. This is because the policies of the Sintang Regency Government cannot be separated from the continued maintenance of laws and regulations at the national level that threaten KBB. It is important for the government to immediately revoke these various regulations to encourage improvements in guarantees for the protection of diversity and KBB in society. 3 of 2008 concerning Warnings and Orders to Adherents, Members, and/or Members of the Management of the Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI) and Community Members.

Jakarta, January 29th, 2022
IMPARSIAL, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor

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