Indonesia admitted on Wednesday that soldiers had been entering mosques of a minority Islamic sect but said they had been protecting followers, escalating a debate about religious freedoms.
An Indonesian human rights group said however it had recorded 56 cases in West Java province in which soldiers forced Ahmadiyah followers to convert to mainstream Islam.
The government denies there have been any forced conversions, saying the military intervention was to protect the Ahmadiyah from more violence.
"As long as their intention is positive -- that is to ensure Ahmadiyah followers do not become the target of violence -- then that's not a human rights violation," said Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar.
"It’s not a harmful intervention," Akbar told reporters.
But local rights group Imparsial disputed that, saying soldiers have entered mosques, gathered the sect followers and "forced them to repent and convert to Islam". (Source)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Indonesian Military Forcing Ahmadi Muslims to Convert to Orthodox Islam
Update from modern, moderate Indonesia.