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Ahmadiyah religious sect officially banned in West Java WEST JAVA - The Ahmadiyah religious sect on Thursday was officially banned by the West Java provincial government in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

"The governor's regulation on the Ahmadiyah was signed and all related authorities have also discussed its main point," Ruddy Gandakusumah, spokesman for the West Java government said.

With the issuance of the regulation, all activities related to Ahmadiyah religious sect will be outlawed and banned in West Java province. The ban was decided in a meeting between West Java's top officials on Wednesday.

Many Muslim organizations have demanded a ban on the Ahmadiyah sect. On March 1, hundreds of Muslims, including those of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) staged a rally to demand the prohibition of the sect's teachings in Indonesia.

In addition, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was urged to issue a decree banning the religious group which has been the focus of attacks in Indonesia for the last two years.

In West Java's Banten province, 25 members of the Ahmadiyah sect were attacked by a group of around 1,500 residents of Umbulan village. The attack stemmed from the refusal of the Ahmadiyah members to to leave the house of a local group leader. Six Ahmadiyah members were killed.

A team was set up by Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights to investigate the deadly Ahmadiyah attack in Banten. The Commission's chairman Ifdhal Kasim said that the attack violated many rights, including the right to live and the right to be free from torture and fear.

The Ahmadiyah sect was labeled as a devious sect by state authorities in a joint decree which legalized brutal attacks toward the group members. Kasim remarked that the state has absolutely no right to declare a certain sect as a devious sect.

Furthermore, the Komnas HAM head said that the main obligation of the government is to protect its citizens regardless of their religion and it should focus on enforcing the law instead.

These religious-related incidents of violence have elicited strong condemnation from representatives of the United States and the European Union in Indonesia. From 2007 to 2010 there were 342 attacks on Ahmadiyah members.


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