Wednesday, 23 January 2019

ISKA Criticizes Politicization on Bombings in Surabaya

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Regional Council of Catholic Scholars Association (ISKA) Jabodetabek strongly condemns the acts of terrorism in three churches in Surabaya on Sunday morning, May 13. ISKA DPD Chairman F. Heru Sukrisna said the bomb attack was beyond human rationality.

    "It is a really deep concern, especially since there are children either victimized or as perpetrators," Heru said in a written statement received by Tempo on Monday, May 14.

    Read also: Surabaya, Sidoarjo Bombs Death Toll Reaches 21

    On Sunday morning yesterday, there was a series of bombings at three different churches namely the Indonesian Christian Church (Gereja Kristen Indonesia) on Jl. Diponegoro, the Santa Maria Catholic Church on Jl. Ngagel Madya, and the Pentecostal Church on Jl. Arjuno.

    Heru stated the terrorism act involving children was a culmination point of radicalism in Indonesia. He then appealed to the public not to politicize the issue of terrorism for political purposes. It will make such issue as a political commodity which hampers to find a solution from its root.

    Read: Surabaya Bombing Aftermath; West Java on High Alert 

    Heru further said that to fight terrorism, it should be put through an existing legal door in Indonesia. Thus, he and DPD ISKA urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to immediately ratify the Antiterrorism Law which has been delayed for several years.

    "We encourage the DPR to immediately ratify the Antiterrorism Law by maintaining the principles of human rights and civil supremacy," he said regarding the bombings in Surabaya.

    DIAS PRASONGKO