Leaders fear rights at risk.
Christians in Indonesia fear the Indonesian government will use the security clampdowns in effect since the Oct. 12 bombing in Bali to curtail the human rights of minority groups in the country, including those of churches.
Tony Waworuntu of the Christian Conference of Asia The Christian Conference of Asia is a regional ecumenical organisation representing 15 National Councils and over 100 denominations (churches) in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, (CCA (1) (Common Cryptographic Architecture) Cryptography software from IBM for MVS and DOS applications.
(2) (Compatible Communications A ), an ecumenical group with 121 member churches in 18 Asian countries Noun 1. Asian country - any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries" , voiced his concern at a press conference before a meeting in Stuttgart, Germany. The meeting between the CCA and the Evangelical Mission of Southwest Germany (EMS) was part of the World Council of Churches "decade to overcome violence The Decade to Overcome Violence: Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace 2001 – 2010 (DOV) is an initiative of the World Council of Churches. It was decided by the 8th General Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998 and runs parallel to the United Nations' Decade for the ."
Christians in Indonesia make up less than 10 per cent of the 210 million population in the country. Sunnite Muslims account for 87 per cent of the Indonesian population, Protestants 6.5 per cent and Roman Catholics, 3 per cent. Conflicts between different religions remained when Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands in 1949.
"Many of these conflicts have been used in power struggles," said pastor David Tulaar, a member of the EMS staff responsible for mission work in Indonesia.
Mr. Tulaar and Mr. Waworuntu said they believed that Indonesian anti-terror laws would mean the reintroduction Noun 1. reintroduction - an act of renewed introduction
intro, introduction, presentation - formally making a person known to another or to the public of the death penalty and more power to anti-terror-forces.
Mr. Waworuntu said the governments in Asia had to fight political and economic mismanagement mis·man·age
tr.v. mis·man·aged, mis·man·ag·ing, mis·man·ag·es
To manage badly or carelessly.
mis·manage·ment n. to eliminate terrorism.
He noted that bloody conflicts were frequent in many Asian countries, and that church and missionary organizations such as the EMS could further human rights by facilitating dialogue between conflicting parties.
Six German churches and four missionary organizations form the EMS, who has partnerships with 17 churches in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.