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Peace be upon all of you.
We, the Muslims in North America, particularly those
associated with the Indonesian Muslim Students Association
(IMSA) have followed intimately the events developing in
Indonesia over the last year and observe:
1. The escalation of conflict between Christians and Muslims
in the Moluccus Islands (Kepulauan Maluku), starting in Ambon
and quickly spreading to surrounding areas and up to the
Halmahera island several days ago. Not only is the area of
conflict expanding, its brutality has also intensified
indicated by the number of victims, the types of weapons used,
as well as the brutal killing. The Indonesian military and
police forces have also participated in these conflicts and
aided in killing.
2. Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's statements that
the conflict in Moluccus (Maluku) should be resolved by the
local community. This is clearly not in accordance with the
governments responsibility, elected democratically by the
people's representative, to maintain law, order and security
of the society. Equally disturbing is the lack of any steps
taken by Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri who was given
the task of resolving the conflict in Moluccus (Maluku)
3. The Halmahera events transpiring from Sunday, December
26, 1999 through Monday, January 3, 2000 in Halmahera Tengah,
Tobelo, specifically in the Togolihua village, ended with
over 500 Muslims being killed and Muslim women raped in the
streets in that predominantly Christian area. There are now
over 25,000 refugees, mostly women and children, from that
area to nearby Ternate.
4. There are no signs that these conflicts are subsiding. In
fact, symptoms of the conflict and violence spreading even
further is observed.
We, the Muslims in North America particularly those associated
with the Indonesian Muslim Students Association (IMSA) hereby:
1. Condemn the killings, raping and other inhumane
aggression by the Christians towards the Muslims and the
ethnic Chinese, primarily the innocent women and children of
the Moluccus (Maluku) in the bloody events of December 26 1999
through January 3, 2000.
2. Demand that the government of President Abudrrahman Wahid
and Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri quickly take firm
and just action to resolve the conflict in Moluccus (Maluku)
and surrounding areas, as well as anticipate the possibility
of its spreading to other regions. The slowness of decision
making by the government has clearly contributed to the
escalation and spreading of the conflict. We also demand the
military and police forces to help resolve the conflict and
not worsen it by participating in the conflict.
3. Invite all people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, in all
parts of the world to speak against these violation of human
4. Appeal to Muslims everywhere to help their brothers and
sisters in Moluccus (Maluku) with basic humanitarian aid so
they can defend themselves against the violence carried out on
We the Muslims in north America, particularly those associated
with IMSA deeply regret these tragedies. We pray that Allah
(all praises belong to Him) always give us patience and
strength and help open a way out of this conflict.
Wassalamu'alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
January 6, 2000
Urbana, Illinois
Andy Azisi Amin
President, IMSA
Tyas U. Soekarsono
Secretary General, IMSA

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