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    What‘s Behind curtains of “Anti-Shia Alliance” in Indonesia?

    “Anti-Shia Alliance” in Indonesia has attracted some news agencies and escalated concerns of Shia rights among human rights NGOs since Sunday. According to reporters many Indonesians attended an anti-Shia declaration on Sunday at the Al Fajr mosque in the West Java capital of Bandung. What is not being told is this alliance was organized immediately after it was revealed that Jalaluddin Rakhmat, may be appointed as Religious Affair minister.
    Jalaluddin Rakhmat is a well-known Shia Islamic scholar and lecturer at Paramadina in Bandung. Appointing a Shia Muslim to such a position created atmosphere of insecurity among anti-Shia political groups.
    Two days before the “Anti-Shia Alliance”, native Shia groups in West Java contacted the local authorities and expressed their concern about the possible alliance, yet the governor did not take any action. While the alliance created more insecurity and fear of human rights violation in Indonesia, it must be cleared that such alliance was only motivated by politicians and for political interest.
    Shia Rights Watch believes all citizens have the right to participate in their government and they must use their citizenship rights to advocate for peace and hormone in the country. As native activist reported to SRW the gathering that took place on Sunday was a reaction motivated by anti-Shia groups to a Shia Muslims’ entrance to the Indonesian parliament.
    SRW advises Indonesian politicians to advocate through their qualifications and not use religious differences and spread hatred among people in order to gain political attention. This organization also invites Indonesians, from all backgrounds and with all religious affiliations, to choose not to participate in discriminatory activities. It is only the peaceful power of civilians that can end human rights violation and disseminations among all nations, and each citizen should participate in spreading peace starting in their own hometown, say SRW director Mustafa Akhwand.
    Historically Indonesians have always lives in peace and this state have been known for its diversity. However during last decade anti-Shia movements have created atmosphere of fear among Indonesian Shia. As SRW reported in its Shia Ethnic Cleansing in Indonesia publication, many Shia Muslims have been attacked and lost their homes in 2012 and their battle to go back to t heir residents has not ended yet.
    Motivating people to make alliances against others based on their faith is illegal and must be addressed by Indonesian government. Indonesia now has about 4.5 million Shia and they all deserve and have the rights to live in peace with others and be recognized by their government.

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