Research consortium

  • Main applicant: Mr. J. Townsend (Farsight, the Netherlands) 
  • Co-applicant: Mr A. Hendardi (SETARA Institute for Democracy and Peace, Indonesia)

Project information

The situation of Ahmadiyya in Indonesia is of increasing concern for local stability. Ahmadiyya appear to be targeted by politicians who aim to extend their influence by sponsoring radical violence, as witnessed by attacks in recent years. In a country where religion and politics are highly interwoven, it is difficult to see who the source of change could be to protect the religious minorities. It is important to raise the issue of religious tolerance and to hold accountable those who are responsible for using hate-speech as a political tool and destabilizing the balance in diverse communities. Tolerating or ignoring these issues may lead to a steady increase in violence, as witnessed in other countries such as Pakistan. Indonesian NGO Setara Institute has developed an informal network to report incidents of violence and hate-speech against Ahmadiyya communities across Indonesia, which will be expanded. A number of locations will be selected to research the security situation of Ahmadiyya communities and the role of local politics. The research will fill a large gap in evidence and literature of the sources of hate crimes against religious minority groups in Indonesia, as well as the responses and the resilience of those communities that are negatively affected. The practitioner organization Fahmina will design outreach activities based on this research that will raise the profile of the contested Ahmadiyya bans for national government, while looking for points of access on the local level to address the immediate security concerns of Ahmadiyya communities.

Project results