Church Council responds to Yasmin saga

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has sent a letter to Bogor Mayor Bima Arya in response to threats voiced by hard-line groups to demolish the sealed Yasmin church in Bogor, West Java.

"In the WCC's understanding of the situation, members of the [Indonesia Christian Church] GKI Yasmin congregation are fully entitled to the right to assemble and to worship, as reported in the UN Rapporteur's report," Council secretary-general Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit said in a letter made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

"I, therefore, call upon the administration, under your leadership as mayor, to respect and implement the Supreme Court's decision and that of the Indonesia Ombudsman," Tveit said.

The letter was also sent to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saefuddin and the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI).

The WCC has 27 member churches in Indonesia, including the GKI.