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Indonesia: Shi’a Villagers Told They Must Convert if They Wish to Return Home

 

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The threatened forced relocation of a Shi’a community living in temporary shelter in East Java is yet more evidence of the continuing discrimination against religious minorities in Indonesia, Amnesty International said today.

An estimated 165 Shi’as, including 48 children, have been living in inadequate conditions at a sports complex in Sampang district on Madura Island since August, when they were displaced after their village was attacked by a mob.

Credible local sources have told Amnesty that the authorities have given the villagers until March to convert to Indonesia’s majority religion, Sunni Islam, if they wish to return to their homes.

 

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