Protect Religious Minorities From Brutal Attacks

Target: Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

Goal: Demand protection for religious minorities threatened with discrimination and violence.

Four Christian villagers have been killed and hundreds of others forced to flee their homes following an attack in Sulawesi, Indonesia by the East Indonesia Mujahideen, a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. A Salvation Army church and six homes were burned, while a militant reportedly cut the throat of an elderly villager in front of his family. Sadly, this is only the latest in a series of attacks on Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and other religious minorities, as well as Muslims, in Indonesia.

While President Joko Widodo has condemned the attack, his government has thus far failed to address the problem of religiously-motivated violence in the country. Over the past decade, the East Indonesia Mujahideen and dozens of groups like it have carried out shocking attacks on hundreds of individuals. Without a strategy to raise awareness of the rights of minorities, combat hate speech, and ensure that police are both equipped to protect citizens and respectful of their rights, the violence will only worsen. Sign the petition below to demand that Indonesia commit to stamping out attacks on vulnerable minorities in earnest.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Joko Widodo,

For over a decade, members of religious minority groups have lived in fear, uncertain of whether their homes will be attacked by religious radicals or whether police and political leaders will take them seriously if they are. The latest brutal act in this climate of terror, the gruesome murder and sack of a Sulawesi village, is clear proof that Indonesia is far from eradicating religious violence or protecting the rights and safety of its citizens.

For the sake of all Indonesians, I urge you to set in motion a nationwide effort to fight religious violence, extremism, and prejudice, whether in brutal militant groups or from elected officials. Your people will never be truly safe until there is clear proof that their leaders care for them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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