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Indonesia: Religious Minorities

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the Government of Indonesia about toleration of and effective protection for the Ahmadiyya religious minorities. [HL4138]

On 3 June, my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Meg Munn, raised parliamentary and public concern about the situation of the Ahmadiyya community with the Indonesian ambassador. Our ambassador in Jakarta raised the matter with the Indonesian authorities on 28 April. The EU also expressed concern to the Indonesian authorities on 28 May. At the UN Human Rights Council's examination of Indonesia under the universal periodic review in Geneva on 9 April, the UK raised the treatment of the Ahmadiyya community. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and look for opportunities to raise the issue of respect for religious freedom with the Indonesian authorities.