Yudhoyono Deserves Award for Religious Freedom: Presidential Staff

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks during a ceremony where he is conferred an honorary doctorate by Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore on April 22, 2013. (Reuters Photo/Edgar Su)

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks during a ceremony where he is conferred an honorary doctorate by Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore on April 22, 2013. (Reuters Photo/Edgar Su)

 

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s office has refuted accusations that he is undeserved of an award for tolerance, claiming he has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues.

Teuku Faizasyah, a member of Yudhoyono’s international relations staff, said that cases of intolerance in Indonesia did not wipe out the president’s efforts to defend human rights.

“The intolerance cases should not blind the eyes of the commentators from seeing the many progresses in building Indonesian values under President SBY,” Faizasyah said on Monday.

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, a US-based interfaith group, this year has named Yudhoyono the recipient of the World Statesman Award for championing religious freedom. The award will be presented to Yudhoyono in New York in the middle of this year.

“President SBY at the international level is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs,” Faizasyah 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.”

The Human Rights Working Group on Monday said that there were “several reasons why SBY doesn’t deserve the award.”

“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 a statement.

He also accused officials in the SBY administration of being involved in acts of intolerance and even criminalization of the victims.

“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.

  • Deddy K.

    Unless his acceptance speech indicates that he promotes interfaith relations and tolerance in the international arena, but he doesn’t really care about intolerance and interfaith relations in the country he is supposed to be leading then that might be accurate no?
    I’m curious on the “things” SBY have done in the international arena that makes him a champion of tolerance and pushing for positive interfaith relations.

  • Deddy K.

    Unless his acceptance speech indicates that he promotes interfaith relations and tolerance in the international arena, but he doesn’t really care about intolerance and interfaith relations in the country he is supposed to be leading then that might be accurate no?
    I’m curious on the “things” SBY have done in the international arena that makes him a champion of tolerance and pushing for positive interfaith relations.

  • Deddy K.

    Unless his acceptance speech indicates that he promotes interfaith relations and tolerance in the international arena, but he doesn’t really care about intolerance and interfaith relations in the country he is supposed to be leading then that might be accurate no?
    I’m curious on the “things” SBY have done in the international arena that makes him a champion of tolerance and pushing for positive interfaith relations.

  • Deddy K.

    Unless his acceptance speech indicates that he promotes interfaith relations and tolerance in the international arena, but he doesn’t really care about intolerance and interfaith relations in the country he is supposed to be leading then that might be accurate no?
    I’m curious on the “things” SBY have done in the international arena that makes him a champion of tolerance and pushing for positive interfaith relations.

    • WhyLie

      Deddy
      Sad thing is that compared to many Muslim leaders he is a saint

  • Deddy K.

    Unless his acceptance speech indicates that he promotes interfaith relations and tolerance in the international arena, but he doesn’t really care about intolerance and interfaith relations in the country he is supposed to be leading then that might be accurate no?
    I’m curious on the “things” SBY have done in the international arena that makes him a champion of tolerance and pushing for positive interfaith relations.

  • devine

    “…an active member of global interfaith dialogues…” How about ACTIVE in resolving LOCAL interfaith conflicts, i.e. by making sure that Supreme Court rulings are upheld…?

  • devine

    “…an active member of global interfaith dialogues…” How about ACTIVE in resolving LOCAL interfaith conflicts, i.e. by making sure that Supreme Court rulings are upheld…?

  • devine

    “…an active member of global interfaith dialogues…” How about ACTIVE in resolving LOCAL interfaith conflicts, i.e. by making sure that Supreme Court rulings are upheld…?

  • devine

    “…an active member of global interfaith dialogues…” How about ACTIVE in resolving LOCAL interfaith conflicts, i.e. by making sure that Supreme Court rulings are upheld…?

  • devine

    “…an active member of global interfaith dialogues…” How about ACTIVE in resolving LOCAL interfaith conflicts, i.e. by making sure that Supreme Court rulings are upheld…?

  • -Lauren-

    This will make a great Orwellian play someday. The delightful employed by the Yudhoyono administration…”unity in diversity”, “religious tolerance”. Plus we have the Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love and the Ministry of Truth providing the counsel and guidance Indonesians need to effect a façade of democracy to the world. Who is this ‘Appeal of Conscience Foundation’ anyway? A front business for terrorism? What a joke.

    • MadWorld

      Comedy capers for the brain dead only.

    • MadWorld

      Comedy capers for the brain dead only.

  • -Lauren-

    This will make a great Orwellian play someday. The delightful employed by the Yudhoyono administration…”unity in diversity”, “religious tolerance”. Plus we have the Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love and the Ministry of Truth providing the counsel and guidance Indonesians need to effect a façade of democracy to the world. Who is this ‘Appeal of Conscience Foundation’ anyway? A front business for terrorism? What a joke.

  • -Lauren-

    This will make a great Orwellian play someday. The delightful employed by the Yudhoyono administration…”unity in diversity”, “religious tolerance”. Plus we have the Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love and the Ministry of Truth providing the counsel and guidance Indonesians need to effect a façade of democracy to the world. Who is this ‘Appeal of Conscience Foundation’ anyway? A front business for terrorism? What a joke.

  • -Lauren-

    This will make a great Orwellian play someday. The delightful employed by the Yudhoyono administration…”unity in diversity”, “religious tolerance”. Plus we have the Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love and the Ministry of Truth providing the counsel and guidance Indonesians need to effect a façade of democracy to the world. Who is this ‘Appeal of Conscience Foundation’ anyway? A front business for terrorism? What a joke.

  • -Lauren-

    This will make a great Orwellian play someday. The delightful employed by the Yudhoyono administration…”unity in diversity”, “religious tolerance”. Plus we have the Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love and the Ministry of Truth providing the counsel and guidance Indonesians need to effect a façade of democracy to the world. Who is this ‘Appeal of Conscience Foundation’ anyway? A front business for terrorism? What a joke.

  • Mambu

    OMG, sarcasm detected..,How dare he!!

  • Voxclara

    Nanyang Technological University has done a disservice to all decent and fair minded people. It has also slapped the collective faces of those persecuted minorities under SBY watch. Singapore is so close to us so it’s not possible that NTU doesn’t have the slightest idea about what is happening here. One wonders what is the real reason behind this conferment to this most undeserving and unlikely recipient.

    SHAME SHAME SHAME ON YOU NTU, IT’S AN OUTRAGE!

  • Valkyrie1604

    Didn’t I say so often that politicians are great liars? Here’s one fine example.

    Well, what does one expect his serve to say?

  • Mikenjkt

    Hahaha…you so funny Mista

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/Indonesian.Traditional.Cuisine/ AMPD

    Chill out, guys… C’mon, be honest (!) we all make efforts to collect as many as possible awards and recognitions (despite who/what institution give them to you), so they can appear and look good on our CVs to be attached on the next job application letters, right?!…

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • Foreskin_Man

    Look at the picture… It discredits academia to give him such awards. just before he got inagurated he got a degree from the IPB and shortly thereafter the rector became minister of agriculture. Universities giving such awards really lack integrity… there was the controversy with UI and saudi arabia also.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • http://twitter.com/skysairyou Daniel Budiarto

    Maybe if HKBP could rebuild their church and attend masses in peace, without fear for attacks; maybe if the Ahmadiyya stopped being harassed; maybe if SBY disbanded FPI; maybe if JIL could be protected from extremists. In other words, as long as Monotheism grabs Indonesia by the throat, no President deserves such an award.

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Jokerr allay

    Its a trap!! Run SBY run…

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

    • Valkyrie1604

      …….but it does not end there.

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

  • Apaajaboleh

    The presidential staffer obviously, like his master, obviously does not subscribe to the philosophy that “charity starts at home”.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • udangdibalikbatu

    they must be talking about a different susilo bambang yudhyono.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

    • Valkyrie1604

      A few of us have mentioned that this nation is on “auto pilot.” In any case he’s entitled to have memory lapses too!

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • human2

    It’s tragic that he even has the gall to accept such an award. He knows about all the cases of intolerance. He knows about Christians in Bogor, he knows about Christians in Bekasi. He knows of the Ahmadiyah. He may have talked about it. So what? I have talked about Science does that mean i should get a Nobel peace prize for science? No, I have to actual achieve something. It requires action Mr President. It’s so simple and yet everyone knows there has been no one at the helm for quite some time.

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • Equus

    Our dear President has been an active member of global interfaith dialogues. His Excellency is also active in promoting interfaith dialogue and coining the global intermedia dialogues to build understanding and tolerance between cultures and beliefs. Gee, why wouldn’t he deserves the award ?

    Oh, i know, he is yet to practice what he preach at the international level. I mean come on, several religious groups are struggling to do their religious activities and yet you do nothing serious beside instructing your ‘lapdogs’ to investigate or something ?

    Crackdown on intolerant groups should’ve been conducted during your 9 years reign. I don’t think His Excellency put the issue of religious intolerance as his priority. What is his priority, you ask ? Oh, i don’t know, maybe the electability of his party, beautifying his image or how to further enrich his savings account in his last year of Presidency ?

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

    • devine

      Hahahaha !

    • Phantom

      Speaking of the Jews, I find Indonesians who hate the Jews to be hugely hypocritical. A lot of them use facebook…whose founder is a Jewish-American. I’m rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably.

    • Phantom

      Speaking of the Jews, I find Indonesians who hate the Jews to be hugely hypocritical. A lot of them use facebook…whose founder is a Jewish-American. I’m rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably.

    • Phantom

      Speaking of the Jews, I find Indonesians who hate the Jews to be hugely hypocritical. A lot of them use facebook…whose founder is a Jewish-American. I’m rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably.

    • Valkyrie1604

      They’re all the same! Tea for two broke his solemnity by shaking hands with Mrs. Obama. On this subject, I am wondering if the Boys Scout movement in this country shake hands with their left? Oops!

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • areyouserious

    Don’t worry. There is a sweet irony to this story. The head of the outfit giving out this award is a Rabbi. SBY shaking hands and accepting the award for tolerance from a man who’s religion isn’t even recognised here. Can’t wait to get that picture out to the “intolerant groups” here at home. Not to mention the New York press.

  • devine

    Sad, he obviously has lost ALL sense of reality… wonder why this always happens to all these people on the top here…

    • Valkyrie1604

      They’re all on cloud nine.

  • devine

    http://www.appealofconscience.org/
    Founded by Rabbi Arthur Schneier in 1965, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation is an interfaith partnership of corporate and spiritual leaders from all faiths who come together to promote “peace, tolerance and ethnic conflict resolution.”…

  • Bhinneka Tunggal Ika

    Wow! Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (read: you don’t you know) .. Wolf in sheep clothing

  • sheldon

    Hahaha. Of course the presidential staff would say that. You think that they want to be fired?

  • sheldon

    Hahaha. Of course the presidential staff would say that. You think that they want to be fired?

  • sheldon

    Hahaha. Of course the presidential staff would say that. You think that they want to be fired?

  • sheldon

    Hahaha. Of course the presidential staff would say that. You think that they want to be fired?

  • HarryJohnson

    My Bahasa Indonesian isn’t as good as I thought.

    I now understand “yudhoyono” is an Indonesian word which means “hypocrite”.

    • Valkyrie1604

      We’ll add that in our Indonesian vocabulary. Well done Harry!

    • jaytee

      it’s actually you do you know!

  • HarryJohnson

    My Bahasa Indonesian isn’t as good as I thought.

    I now understand “yudhoyono” is an Indonesian word which means “hypocrite”.

  • HarryJohnson

    My Bahasa Indonesian isn’t as good as I thought.

    I now understand “yudhoyono” is an Indonesian word which means “hypocrite”.

  • HarryJohnson

    My Bahasa Indonesian isn’t as good as I thought.

    I now understand “yudhoyono” is an Indonesian word which means “hypocrite”.

  • blightyboy

    Of course there are many who believe that giving this award to SBY is not right. However, I would love to read something from the Yudhoyono supporters, those who think he deserves this award. Those commenters who believe that SBY has upheld the law of Indonesia, even though he does not seem to have spoken consistently in support of minority citizens, or that he has not broken the law by remaining quiet about officials in his administration involved in acts of intolerance and even criminalisation of the victims. Those who perhaps believe that Yudhoyono has done much to fight victimisation, promote equality, protect human rights of all citizens.

    • Valkyrie1604

      I don’t believe you can find any on this board. Perhaps you may wish to tweet the man himself?

  • I. Leo

    …who exactly is this Yudhoyono everyone is talking about? And what exactly has he done to deserve this award? I gathered that he is a President but at what country? Certainly not Indonesia. I rarely (if ever) saw a law being upheld in a fair manner for Religious Freedom in Indonesia.

  • Voxclara

    WebEd, I ask again, could you please explain why my comment on SBY and the NTU was not posted?

    • GypsyMacaque

      Ojama Shimasu, I will honorably now bother you by NOT publishing your comment.
      Kindest Regards J.G.

  • Sceptic

    “The intolerance cases should not blind the eyes of the commentators from
    seeing the many progresses in building Indonesian values under
    President SBY,” Faizasyah said on Monday.” Would you mind giving us any example,mr.Teuku Faizasyah?????????

    And what do you mean by “Indonesian values”????????????

  • http://www.etan.org/ ETAN
  • Jakarta_Globe

    I don’t see a comment in the queue. Could you repost it so we can see it?

    • DrDez

      Maybe a glitch???? – I posted several times yesterday and twice this morning – none of which appeared

  • Jakarta_Globe

    Can you check again? I looked through the comments list and saw several approved comments from this morning.

    • DD

      Checked and at least 3 missing – all are related to SBY and radicalism ..

  • Omar from Yogya

    Urge the Appeal to Conscience Foundation
    to withdraw its award to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He is no
    statesman.

    Sign the petition today:http://s.shr.lc/19349F6

    We, the
    undersigned urge the Appeal to Conscience Foundation to withdraw its World
    Statesman Award to Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This award
    shocks our conscience.

    On May 6 in Jakarta, a coalition of victims
    of religious discrimination and human rights groups in Indonesia urged the
    foundation to drop its plan to give the award. We support this call.

    The
    foundation says that it works “on behalf of religious freedom and human rights
    throughout the world” and “promotes peace, tolerance and ethnic conflict
    resolution.”

    It is regrettable that the foundation is so ready to bestow
    such an award without first seriously examining the situation in the country to
    see if the recipient truly merits the award.

    In Indonesia there is
    continuing religious violence, governmental inaction, and official impunity.
    Giving President Yudhoyono the World Statesman Award dishonors to both the
    foundation and mocks its recipient.

    Under President Yudhoyono’s
    leadership, religious intolerance in Indonesia has escalated. Houses of worship
    have been attacked and the followers of religious minority faiths have faced
    discrimination, assault and worse. Police and public officials often refuse to
    stand up to the intolerant bullies. Sometimes they take the side of the
    attackers, using their office to spread bigotry and enforce discrimination.

    President Yudhoyono has established an unprecedented discriminatory
    legal infrastructure in Indonesia. He has issued a discriminatory regulations,
    defended the blasphemy law at the Constitutional Court, and promulgated a decree
    threatening to five years in jail for anyone who “propagates” the Ahmadiyah
    teaching.

    In recent years conflict and repression have escalated in West
    Papua, where its indigenous people face discrimination in their own land. At the
    end of April, there were at least 40 Papuan
    political prisoners.

    Under President
    Yudhoyono leadership, impunity continues for past crimes against humanity and
    war crimes. Police and military often act with limited accountability throughout
    the archipelago.

    Sign the petition
    today:http://s.shr.lc/19349F6

    Background

    The Appeal to Conscience Foundation plans to
    give the award to President Yudhoyono on May 30 in New York City.

    When
    President Yudhoyono first took office, he promised that his administration would
    promote human rights and tolerance. Nine years later, the prospects for
    accountability for past rights violations have receded; religious intolerance
    has grown. Indonesia’s security forces have become increasingly abusive in West
    Papua. Police and soldiers who violate human rights are rarely held accountable.
    Serious human rights violations by members of the military are tried in military
    courts where soldiers, if convicted, receive light sentences.

    Recent
    examples of religious persecution include theMarch 21 demolition
    of the HKBP Taman Sari church in Bekasi after an order from the regional
    government. Four Ahmadiyya places of worship wereclosed within a month
    in West Java. Last August, members of the Shia community in Sampang, East Java,
    wereforced from their homes members of the majority Sunni attacked them for so-called blasphemy.
    They continue to struggle in a makeshift camp in a sports stadium.

    In
    2006, President Yudhoyono issued a regulation on building houses of worship that
    makes it extremely difficult for religious minorities to construct their
    buildings. He signed a law that allows the listing of only six religions on
    Indonesian ID cards, basically discriminating against more than 350 other small
    religions. In 2009, Yudhoyono sent his cabinet members to defend the blasphemy
    law when it was challenged at the Constitutional Court. They mobilized Muslim
    militias to harass the petitioners and their lawyers. In April 2010, the
    Constitutional Court upheld the law, which provides criminal penalties for those
    who express religious beliefs that deviate from the six officially-recognized
    religions. The court said it is lawful to restrict minority beliefs because it
    allows for the “maintenance of public order.” In 2008, Yudhoyono issued an
    anti-Ahmadiyah decree, threatening to five years jail term for anyone who
    “propagates” the group’s teachings.

    An ad hoc tribunal to investigate
    and prosecute the 1997-98 the disappearance of human rights activists has yet to
    be established, though it has been approved by the legislature. Yudhoyono’s own
    coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs and Attorney
    General have rejected the official human rights commission’s findings that the
    government’s anti-Communist purges of 1965 and 1966 – which included mass
    killings of up to one million people, enslavement, torture, rape, and enforced
    disappearance – constituted a crime against humanity. The truth commission and
    human rights courts authorized by the 2006 law on Aceh haveyet to be established. There has been no accountability for war crimes and crimes against
    humanity committed by Indonesian forcesin
    Timor-Leste, where as many as 183,000
    were killed, or West Papua, where an estimated100,000 have died.

    On taking
    office, President Yudhoyono declared that solving the September 2004 murder of
    Munir Said Thalib, Indonesia’s best known human rights activist, would be a test
    of “whether Indonesia had changed.”The President and Indonesia have failed the test.
    He has refused to release the report of the fact-finding team he set up early in
    his Presidency. The murder involved the national intelligence agency and serving
    and former military officers; none of them have been brought to
    justice.

    see also

    Human Rights
    Watch,In Religions Name Abuses against Religious
    Minorities in Indonesia

    East Timor and
    Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), Human
    Rights & Justice page

    Amnesty
    International:Victims of the Aceh conflict still waiting for
    truth, justice and reparation

    Human Rights
    WatchIndonesia: Civilian Courts Should Try Abusive
    Soldiers

    United States Commission on
    International Religious Freedom,2013 annual report

    US Department of State:Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for
    2012 – Indonesia

    Sign the petition
    today:http://s.shr.lc/19349F6

    • forgetyourself

      Thank you – I have signed it!

  • Botak

    Taking a look at the right by popular articles, we will find 5 out of 8 related to religion.

    Give SBY the reward after he shut down the Ministry of religion, FPI, removed the Bekasi Mayor and West Java Governor from their Post.

    Giving him the award would be the biggest mistake, and would have unforeseen but most likely horrible consequences for all non-Muslims in Indonesia.

  • stumped

    Moved to comment on this story by the death of a 23 year old tourist http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/british-woman-died-after-drinking-poisoned-gin-on-holiday-in-indonesia-8622000.html

    This poor youth died as a result of drinking something she bought in a shop in Sumatera and as an indirect result of the 200% taxes / hypocritical intolerance of Sby’s Gov. regarding alcohol consumption. Sby. the intolerance you foster is a plague on your own people. It’s irresponsible to give you an award for anything other than weakness and inertia.

  • whereisthelove

    The best part of his presidency is that it is almost over

  • GypsyMacaque

    If freedom means, freedom to harras,freedom to coerce, freedom to burn & destroy other than sunni’s religious property, even freedom to kill,well then SBY understandably deserves the Oscar of religious freedom.
    This freedom is the evil side of lawless liberal democracy.

  • manur

    MAYBE this president had his achievements, but should you give such award to someone with average performance? Some achievements may deserve some recognitions, but this award seems to be too high of a standard for that, or maybe the standard of this award is so low that this president deserves it. You tell me, Mr. Presidential Staff!!!

  • Valkyrie1604

    Heard the news last night. Indonesia plans to buy anti tank armaments from the USA. Guess who’s supplying it?

    Hatta gets award, South Korea gets 8 mega infrastructure projects.

    What else is coming round the corner?

  • Adi

    In a way, I thank God for allowing all these prosecutions to happen, also for Sby to look the other way round and letting all these happen. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    Even with all these prosecutions, I believe: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.