Thursday, September 29, 2011


UCAN REPORT: Collecting signatures for petition to promote nonviolence and pluralism
Margaretha Krismi, Jakarta
September 29, 2011
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Activists launch anti-terror campaign

An NGO has launched a petition to fight against terrorism and to commemorate the Bali bombings of 2002.

In collaboration with the Association for Victims of Terrorism Bombings in Indonesia (ASKOBI) and the Communication Forum for Ex-Afghan Fighters in Indonesia (FKEAI), Lazuardi Birru, established three years ago to advocate for nonviolence and pluralism, started the petition on a 200-meter shroud yesterday during a press conference in the Park Royal Apartment in South Jakarta.

According to the NGO’s head Nugroho Wahyujatmiko, the campaign will collect signatures from people in public spaces such as universities and railway stations and will run until October 12.

The Bali bomb attacks killed 202 people and injured more than 400 others.

Wahyujatmiko said the campaign, which seeks one million signatures, aims to raise awareness of terror attacks and to encourage people to take an active part in creating harmony, peace and tolerance.

Also speaking at the press conference were Nasir Abas, former al-Qaida militant, and Ahmad S from the FKEAI.

“Terrorism, whatever the reason is, is immoral and inhumane,” Abas said at the press conference.

Ahmad added that terrorism cannot be simplified to a matter of law and security.

“No matter how sophisticated our security personnel’s and legal officers’ instruments are, we cannot fight against terrorism if we do not pull out the main causes: ideology and doctrines the terrorists have,” he said.

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