SBY ‘Undeserving’ of Award for Tolerance: Rights Group

An Indonesian shiite cleric holds a photo showing followers of Ahmadiyah, a minority Islamic sect locked by authorities inside their mosque, during a protest outside the US embassy in Jakarta on May 6, 2013. Members of Batak Christian congregations, Islamic sect Ahmadiyah and Shiites held a peace protest against the plan to give the World Statesman award to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from The Appeal of Conscience tolerance and peace Foundation in New York , an interfaith coalition which promotes mutual understanding. Muslim Shiites and Christians have complained of being targeted more frequently, and Human Rights Watch in a recent report accused the government of emboldening Islamic radicals by failing to act to curb the persecution. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

An Indonesian shiite cleric holds a photo showing followers of Ahmadiyah, a minority Islamic sect locked by authorities inside their mosque, during a protest outside the US embassy in Jakarta on May 6, 2013. Members of Batak Christian congregations, Islamic sect Ahmadiyah and Shiites held a peace protest against the plan to give the World Statesman award to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from The Appeal of Conscience tolerance and peace Foundation in New York , an interfaith coalition which promotes mutual understanding. Muslim Shiites and Christians have complained of being targeted more frequently, and Human Rights Watch in a recent report accused the government of emboldening Islamic radicals by failing to act to curb the persecution. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

An Indonesian human rights organization has blasted a US-based interfaith group’s decision to recognize President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for championing religious freedom, arguing that he has failed abjectly on that front.

The Human Rights Working Group said on Monday that there were “several reasons why SBY doesn’t deserve” the World Statesman Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation.

“On cases of [religious-based] violence and intolerance, the president has failed to uphold the law in a fair manner, both in preventing violence committed in the name of religion and in ensuring that the victims receive justice,” Muhammad Choirul Anam, the HRWG deputy director, said in the statement.

“On the other hand, law enforcement and government officials in the SBY administration have actually been involved in acts of intolerance and even criminalization of the victims.”

He added that the government had also failed to nurture a culture of tolerance and to afford protection to minority religious groups in the country.

“Another reason that SBY doesn’t deserve the award is because he has far too often remained silent on the rights abuses suffered by members of minority faiths in Indonesia,” Choirul said.

“In many cases, like that of the Ahmadiyah since 2005, the president has to date never called on his officials to take firm action against perpetrators of intolerance who have clearly violated the Constitution.”

He said it was the same thing in the case of the Taman Yasmin and HKBP Filadelfia Protestant churches in West Java, which continue to be sealed off by local authorities in direct violation of Supreme Court rulings ordering them to be reopened.

“The failure of law enforcement, the lack of efforts to nurture tolerance and the president’s silence on rights violations have contributed greatly to the current climate of intolerance in Indonesia,” Choirul said.

The ACF hands out the World Statesman Award annually to “heads of state who have exemplified their commitment to freedom, human rights, peace and respect for religious and ethnic diversity, and endeavor to advance these essential democratic values on the international scene.”

  • Bing

    I just pissed myself laughing.

    • Roland

      Why did you just that? Maybe one day they’ll come for you too. Or are you on safe ground because you feel represented by those who are wrecking havoc?

      Or did I just get it down the wrong throat and you are wetting yourself because of the heading?

  • 22rangerovers

    Of course with the new laws the group saying this risk 5 years in jail …. Democracy 22 style I guess

  • EuanMie

    The logic of the fiery monotheists is quite straight forward if you believe that your God is the one true God and all others are false idols. It runs like this: those who persecute Muslims deserve to die (see Myanmar) and those who are persecuted by Muslims deserve to die (see Indonesia). Those who haven’t had their minds poisoned by violence rightly see such a doctrine as the absolute, insane antithesis of tolerance. But the question is, do they do anything about it? SBY certainly avoids the issue like the plague. Recently I read something to the effect that tarring all Muslims with the terrorist brush is like tarring all Christians with the KKK brush in the US. Well of course this is true. There are millions upon millions of peaceful Muslims all over the world. Ask yourself this though…where are the KKK now? They are in the dustbin of history, and why? Because people (whites included) fought and died for civil rights. Of course the US is not a racial paradise but it civilised itself (internally at least, foreign policy is another question) through struggle and blood and this was achieved through a doctrine of non-violence. And here? Well, who will stand up and fight for justice? It’ll take real bravery, make no mistake.

  • sheldon

    All these awards have no credibility. Like presenting Obama with a peace prize. Like the SBY award, what could be further from the truth?

  • sheldon

    All these awards have no credibility. Like presenting Obama with a peace prize. Like the SBY award, what could be further from the truth?

  • Rafiq

    Well, at least he will have something in common with President Obama, equally undeserved peace price. Or will it finally persuade him to act accordingly? (take steps to protect Christians, Shiahs, Ahmadiyya-Muslims?

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    Write a letter to the ACF as I did:

    How dare you honour this individual with an award for tolerance. Have you not been reading the papers from Indonesia, or the reports from human rights groups or the American government?
    I have lived in Indonesia since 20 years ago and have an Indonesian family.
    This man is singularly responsible for the Increasing intolerance and violence against all other beliefs, except for the majority Sunni.
    Where is your conscience? If you carry on with this insult, you have reached the height of hypocrisy.

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