Ross rails against continued neglect of Ahmadiyah people in Lombok.
It was tremendously dispiriting to read of news about the latest misery heaped on the 140 odd Ahmadiyah people of West Lombok, who were made refugees in their own country by Muslim thugs three years ago when expelled from their homes in Ketapang, Gegerung, by a mob.
Confined to a wretched shelter in Mataram by the craven local authorities (craven being the nicest word I can think of, the alternative being that those authorities are soul-mates of the brutes who burned the Ahmadiyah out of their homes) ever since the victims of Islamist bigotry are now denied even an electricity supply, their modest cash and food rations gone too, because the
government can't afford the cost
though I imagine the members of the local administration in Mataram are still enjoying usual bureaucratic perks, subsidised cars, housing, substantial salaries, etc.
The Ahmadiyah people want to go home to their village; failing that they'll settle for permission to go
anywhere in the city, even along riverbanks or slums
but no approval has been forthcoming. They had been told to hang in there, a plan by government to buy up their old homes and land and help them move somewhere else, but that too fell through, the West Nusa Tenggara provincial authority claiming it didn't have enough money!
So there they sit, the government having warned them not to seek return to their kampungs due to "certain persecution that the authorities had no intention of preventing".
What are police paid to do in West Lombok? They did nothing to quell the pogrom three years ago, nor despite clear video images of many of the Islamonazi rioters, have they jailed any of the scumbags since.
2008 Al Jazeera report
But let's not condemn Mataram too fast. Their spokesman, Husnan Ahmad, tells us that all the Ahmadiyah need to do is "assimilate".
The mayor has given them permission to return home, but only if they agree not to live 'exclusively.'
In other words, if they abandon their faith, knuckle under to the jackboot mentality of FPI, Islamic Solidarity and the MUI, they may be allowed basic human rights.
This injustice cries to Heaven for redress. UNHCR should be investigating their plight, which is an affront to any concept of decency and fairness, not to mention pluralism, a principle enunciated incessantly by most of the various campaign teams in the recent elections. What does SBY have to say about these quasi-nazi tactics in his pancasila republic?