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Brief aan minister Opstelten



De Minister van veiligheid en justitie
De heer I.W. Opstelten
Postbus 201301
2500EH Den Haag


Amsterdam, 18 november 2014

Geachte heer Opstelten,

Uw uitnodiging aan de regering in ballingschap van de Republiek der Zuid-Molukken (RMS) - om op woensdag 19 november 2014 aanwezig te zijn bij uw toelichting op het archiefonderzoek inzake de beëindiging van de gijzeling in de trein bij de Punt op 11 juni 1977 - hebben wij in goede orde ontvangen.

Allereerst danken wij u voor de uitnodiging.

Helaas zullen wij aan uw uitnodiging geen gevolg geven. De RMS-regering geeft er de voorkeur aan de publicatie van het rapport af te wachten. Daarna zal de RMS-regering haar standpunt kenbaar maken t.a.v. de inhoud van rapport. Hierbij wenst de RMS-regering zich niet vooraf te laten leiden door een toelichting op het rapport van de zijde van de Nederlandse regering.

Erop vertrouwend u naar behoren te hebben geïnformeerd, verblijf ik.


namens de Regering in ballingschap
van de Republiek der Zuid-Molukken

mr. J.G. Wattilete


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Activists demand Jokowi-Kalla end religious violence (Jakarta Post)

In a move to push president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s to unconditionally commit to uphold human rights when leading the country, human rights campaigners strongly called for the Jakarta governor to immediately end prolonged discrimination against the country’s religious minorities following his inauguration in October.

Activists included discriminations against members of the Ahmadiyah communities in Bekasi, West Java, and in Ketapang, West Nusa Tenggara, the Sampang Shia community in East Java and the congregation of the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin in Bogor, West Java in the list of cases of rights violations submitted to Jokowi through his transition team during a closed-door meeting at the team’s headquarters in Central Jakarta.

“Pak Jokowi, as a governor, was widely applauded when he, despite harsh resistance by certain groups, appointed Bu Susan. He has proved that the state could not be suppressed,” Hendardi, head of the human rights watchdog Setara Institute, said Wednesday, referring to Lenteng Agung subdistrict head Susan Jasmine Zulkifli.

Susan’s appointment last year raised strong opposition from intolerant groups, as well as from some residents, because of her Christian background. They demanded her dismissal. However, against all odds, Jokowi stood by her.

“As soon as he is officially a president, Pak Jokowi must take concrete action and issue policies to allow members of the Ahmadiyah and the Shia communities, who have been exiled for years over accusations of blasphemy, to return home. He must also order the unsealing of the Ahmadiyah’s Al-Mishbah Mosque in Bekasi and of the GKI Yasmin’s church building in Bogor,” Hendardi added.

Leveling accusations of blasphemy, a mob claiming to be members of the Sunni majority attacked and burned houses belonging to the Ahmadis in Ketapang nearly eight years ago, forcing the latter to live in rows of purpose-built shacks measuring two by three meters at the local Wisma Transito ever since.

Some of them have converted to Islam and officially registered “Islam” on their identity cards so as to be able to gain access to social services, including the obtaining of identity cards and birth certificates for their children, which would further expand their access to education, health care and other public services, but around 120 displaced people are still living in dire conditions at Wisma Transito, barely able to meet their basic needs.

Members of the Ahmadiyah community all across the archipelago suffered further discrimination after the government bowed to an Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) edict, which declared Ahamdiyah a deviant sect, and issued a joint ministerial decree in 2008 banning followers of the sect from observing their faith in public.

The decision by the Bekasi administration to lock down the Al-Misbah mosque last May has added to the long list of discriminations inflicted on the country’s Ahmadis because of such discriminatory regulations.

For similar reasons, the Sampang Shia community was also forcibly evicted from their homes when a mob that claimed to be made up of local residents attacked their village in August 2012.

After subsequently being evicted from a local sports center, where around 161 Ahmadis took refuge following the attack, they now live in modest apartments managed by the East Java administration inside the Puspa Agro Market in Sidoarjo, hoping that one day they can return to their village.

Meanwhile, the standoff over the GKI Yasmin’s building permit has been going since 2008, despite a ruling by the Supreme Court that affirmed the permit in 2010. Bowing to pressures from intolerant groups, the local administration has refused to comply with the ruling and unseal the building.

Geplaatst op: 2-9-2014 17:27   Laatst gewijzigd: 2-9-2014 17:59

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Indonesia: Rights Key to New President’s Agenda (HRW.org)

(New York) – Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect.

Human Rights Watch made specific recommendations on issues concerning religious freedom, impunity of the security forces, women’s rights, free expression, Papua, domestic workers, child migrants, corruption, and indigenous land rights.

“As president, Widodo should reverse the failings of the previous administration by giving priority to the human rights problems that have gotten worse over the past decade,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director. “The new president needs to act decisively to signal that his government will protect the rights of all Indonesians and roll back the country’s culture of impunity.”

Widodo inherits a number of serious human rights problems that worsened during the decade-long administration of outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The rising violence and discriminatory local laws against religious minorities is of gravest concern. Widodo should seek the revision of these discriminatory laws and ensure that government officials who incite violence against religious minorities are prosecuted.

There is still widespread impunity for members of the state security forces for their involvement in serious human rights abuses. Widodo should press for full investigations and prosecutions in key cases from the Suharto period to the present, and urge parliament to revive a bill that would provide civilian criminal court jurisdiction over military personnel responsible for offenses against civilians.

In Papua, the failure of Indonesia’s security forces to distinguish between violent acts and peaceful protests has contributed to rising tensions and insecurity in the province. Human Rights Watch urged Widodo to order the immediate and unconditional release of everyone imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their political views, and to permit foreign journalists and human rights organizations unimpeded access to the province.

In response to the deteriorating situation faced by women in Indonesia, Widodo should eliminate all discriminatory bylaws against women, and take stronger measures to address violence against women.

“Indonesia has all the ingredients to become a global model of an emerging democracy that both respects human rights at home and actively supports universal human rights standards internationally,” Kine said. “But that requires President Widodo to take a firm stand to protect the human rights of Indonesia’s marginalized groups, whether religious minorities, domestic workers, or Papuans.”

Geplaatst op: 2-9-2014 17:11   Laatst gewijzigd: 2-9-2014 17:20

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Ketahanan Jembatan Merah Putih di Ambon Dipertanyakan (VIVAnews)

Pemerintah diingatkan soal ketahanan konstruksi Jembatan Merah Putih di Ambon yang ditargetkan rampung akhir 2014 dan mulai beroperasi awal tahun 2015. Jembatan itu diprediksi roboh pada tahun 2052 jika dihubungkan dengan siklus gempa 72 tahun di Kota Ambon.

Prediksi itu disampaikan pakar Oceanographer dan Ecologist Universitas Pattimura Ambon, Prof Dr Abraham Semmy Khouw, saat pelatihan jurnalis lingkungan di Ambon, Kamis, 28 Agustus 2014.

Abraham mengaku sangat yakin dengan prediksinya. Sebab, jembatan yang menghubungkan Desa Gagala dan Desa Poka Teluk Ambon itu berada tepat di atas patahan. Secara teori, katanya, tidak boleh ada aktivitas pembangunan di atas daerah itu.

"Prediksi saya tahun 2052. Itu artinya, tidak lama jembatan itu bakal roboh. Saya yakin dengan prediksi saya," ungkap Guru Besar Universitas Pattimura itu.

Ia menjelaskan, jika terjadi gempa dengan kekuatan 6,0 skala richter, jembatan itu bisa roboh. Pulau Ambon ikut hilang dari peta bumi.

"Ibarat patahnya lengan tangan, begitu teori robohnya Jembatan Merah Putih dan tenggelamnya Pulau Ambon, kalau gempa dengan kekuatan 6,0 skala richter terjadi, yang saya prediksi tahun 2052," ujarnya.

Menurutnya, siklus gempa 72 tahun itu sering dipakai oleh pakar untuk memprediksi gempa di masa mendatang, sehingga ada upaya berkelanjutan untuk mengurangi bahaya yang ditimbulkan akibat gempa.

Tapi, Abraham mengatakan, analisis dan prediksi itu diabaikan. Pemerintah tetap melakukan pembangunan Jembatan Merah Putih yang justru tidak berdampak baik bagi masa depan masyarakat di Ambon.

Jembatan sepanjang 1,06 kilometer ini memakan investasi senilai Rp416,75 miliar. Jika rampung, jembatan ini akan menghubungkan dua desa, yaitu Desa Pokka dan Desa Galala, yang selama ini dipisahkan oleh Teluk Ambon.

Jembatan ini terdiri dari jembatan pendekat arah Galala sepanjang 300 meter, pendekat arah Pokka 320 meter, dan bentang tengah jembatan sepanjang 300 meter.

Geplaatst op: 2-9-2014 17:08   Laatst gewijzigd: 2-9-2014 17:10

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Verklaring vliegramp MH17



Regering in ballingschap Republiek van de Zuid-Molukken

Amsterdam,  juli 2014


Geschokt en verdrietig heeft de Zuid-Molukse regering in ballingschap kennisgenomen van het neerhalen van een vliegtuig van Malaysian Airlines in de Oekraïne met daarin 298 onschuldige burgers van verschillende landen, waaronder 193 Nederlanders.

De Zuid-Molukse regering in ballingschap spreekt haar diepste medeleven uit met alle slachtoffers van deze vliegramp in Oekraïne en met hun nabestaanden, in het bijzonder met de Nederlandse slachtoffers, waaronder twee van Molukse origine en een klein kind.

De Zuid-Molukse regering wenst alle nabestaanden van alle slachtoffer heel veel sterkte toe om dit immense verlies te kunnen dragen.

Wij spreken de hoop uit dat de precieze toedracht zo goed mogelijk kan worden vastgesteld en dat de schuldigen hiervoor aangesproken kunnen worden en hun gerechte straf niet zullen ontlopen.

Namens de Zuid-Molukse regering in ballingschap,


Mr. J.G. Wattilete,


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