British Government and Ahmadiyya Mission

A Qadiani Ahmadiyya missionary went to Indonesia in the 1950s.

Meanwhile, the Lahori Ahmadiyya had sent a couple of missionaries to Indonesia. Consul-General Sir Josiah Crosby writes : The two missionaries in question have apparently to continue their promise that they would abstain from political action.

Official Position of Indonesian Government and Capitulation

The Indonesian government does not consider the Ahmadiyya as Muslims and has a list of 'official religions' in which the Ahmadiyya re not included. On the insistence of some Islamic parties, the issue came to the forefront in the 2000s, when the government clarified their position and asked the Ahmadiyya about their position:

January 16 - Ahmadiyya Indonesia issues a 12-point clarification to the government about their beliefs, including at least a partial withdrawal of their belief in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet. News Item


Implications of the Ahmadiyah Decree

This paper was published in the Crisis Group Asia Briefing No. 78, 7 July 2008


Cikeusik Incident 2011

On 6 February 2011, three Ahmadi followers were killed and at least five were injured in a brutal attack on Ahmadiyah, an Islamic sect, in the subdistrict of Cikeusik in the province of Banten. Graphic footage of the attack circulated widely on the internet, showing a crowd of men attacking Ahmadis with clubs and sticks, and continually beating the corpse of one Ahmadi in particular, as well as vandalising and setting fire to property. This footage brought the plight of Ahmadis in Indonesia to the attention of the international media.

This incident drew strong criticism from other governments and international organisations. On 15 March 2011, 27 US Senators condemned the violence and called on the Indonesian government to revoke the Ministerial Regulation and all regional regulations (peraturan daerah) that have attempted to ban the activities of Ahmadiyah. In April 2011, Human Rights Watch condemned the violence, calling for a fair trial and full protection for victims, witnesses, and court officials. It later wrote a letter to the Indonesian President calling for the Ministerial Regulation against Ahmadiyah to be cancelled. Then, in July 2011, the European Parliament released a resolution expressing its grave concern at the recent spate of violent incidents against Ahmadis in Indonesia, among other religious minorities.

The Sydney Law Review

ARTICLE: Judicial Review and Religious Freedom: The Case of Indonesian Ahmadis

September, 2012

Author: Melissa Crouch