Security at Foreign Mission Increased

JAKARTA

Security at various foreign missions, including the US embassy here, has been increased following the emergence of the anti-Islam film, ‘Innocence of Muslims’.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said before attending a plenary cabinet meeting,“Efforts have been made to increase security at foreign missions in Jakarta, including the US embassy.

The US government and the governments of other countries know that measures have been taken by the government.”


He added that he would give a full report on the matter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the meeting.

President Yudhoyono had condemned the film that denigrates Prophet Mohammad, while attending the Nahdlatul Ulama conference in Cirebon, West Java, recently.

At the time he said that religious desecration deserved condemnation because it hurts people’s feelings and could disrupt peace and trigger conflict.

He added that religious desecration is not a correct form of freedom of expression as individual freedom has limits, as has also been stated in the Human Rights Declaration.

“We have the World Human Rights Declaration, Article 29 that limits the use of rights and freedom, which may not be absolute, but must have limits such as those with regards to morality and public order,” he said.

He further stated that the country’s 1945 Constitution also sets limits so that freedom would not transcend them.

Several demonstrations have taken place in several parts of the country, including here on Monday, in protest against the film.


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