Pressure on the government to enact special laws against religious cults, blasphemy trials in Jambi, and the United Nations showing interest.
On March 7th at the Islamic Book Fair in Jakarta Kholil Ridwan of the Clerics' Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, MUI), while discussing a newly released book called "Nabi-Nabi Palsu" (False Prophets), said the government needed to make a law against deviant Islamic sects.
There should be a special law for this, so that sects can't develop.
He said the Department of Religion should take the lead in preparing such a law, and once it was promulgated if there were any reports of new sects then the police could take quick action, under the authority of the law and without needing to wait for a fatwa from the MUI.
He said there were a lot of Islamic sects these days, like Al Qiyadah, Salamullah (Lia Aminudin), and Ahmadiyah, and in the time of Muhammad the founders of these sects would have been executed. In Malaysia they had a law against trying to convert people to other religions, as well. republika
New Model Islam
Meanwhile in Jambi province four men have gone on trial for membership of a group called New Model Islam (Islam Model Baru (IMB)).
And legal eagle Rob Baiton says the issue of religious freedom in Indonesia is likely to be raised at the 7th plenary session (3rd - 28th March 2008) of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. therabexperience