Subject : The US Government Shall Take Immediate Action To Bring Justice to the Killing of Three Muslim Students at Chapel Hill
Dear Mr. Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Ambassador, US Embassy for Indonesia
The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) – a human rights non-governmental organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia – would like to urges the US Government to investigate promptly, transparent and impartially about the killing of the three Muslim students. According to the several media platforms that KontraS monitored, Tuesday’s altercation started after Mr. Hicks found a car belonging to one of the victims in what he claimed was his parking space. Then Mr. Hicks went to the victim’s condominium and shot all three Muslim students in a confrontation.
All three of the victims, are Deah Barakat (23 years old), Yusor Abu-Salha (21 years old) and Razan Abu-Salha (19 years old)
This tragedy triggered the worldwide attention and spreading around the world by the civil society organization networking and social media. We believe that the US Government have given the commitment to religious freedom, and to the international covenants that guarantee it as the inalienable rights of every human being, and also seek to; promote freedom of religion and conscience throughout the worlds as a fundamental human right and as a source of stability for all countries; assist emerging democracies in implementing freedom of religion and conscience; assist religious and human rights NGOs in promoting religious freedom; identify and denounce regimes that are severe persecutors on the basis of religious belief.
Therefore, by this letter we would like to urge the North Carolina Government to;
- The government to solve and investigate this case clearly to find the motive of the killing by Mr. Craig Stephen Hicks to the three Muslim students.
- The government shall punish the suspected of the killing of three Muslim students.
The killing is undeniable can be categorized as a hate crime against freedom of religion and expression. We stressed out that freedom of religion and expression are the cornerstones of any democratic society and those trying to divide communities on grounds of religion, ethnicity or any other reason must not be allowed to succeed.
The US Government have been bound with the obligation under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights since they ratified it in 1992. Several provisions are mandatory to be implemented, such as inter alia:
Article 2(1), "Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."
Article 7 – "All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination."
In addition, it is important for North Carolina Government to enhance the effectiveness of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 and its amendment of 1999, and Charter for Freedom of Religion of Belief.
Thank you very much for your consideration. We believe that US Government has a full responsibility to protect the citizen, in which in line with the International Human Rights obligations, therefore it has responsibility to resolve this case immediately and impartially.
Jakarta, 16 February 2015
Haris Azhar, MA
*For further information, please contact Ms. Natasya (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through KontraS Secretariat (email@example.com).