Indonesian Evangelists

Released Jun 8, 2007

Held 753 days  Arrested May 2005 in Indonesia

Prisoner Details

RELEASED 06/08/2007

These three women, Mrs. Ratna, Mrs. Eti and Dr. Rebekka, (L-R in photo) were arrested May 16, 2005, and charged under the Children Protection Act of 2002. Their trial began June 30th and ended September 1, 2005, when Indonesian judges sentenced the women to three years in prison plus a fine for allowing Muslim children to attend a Christian Sunday school program. According to Compass Direct News Service, Islamic extremists directed threats inside and outside of the courtroom during the trial. An observer who had attended most of the court sessions indicated there were nine trucks of protestors at this final hearing. These protestors brought with them a coffin to bury the accused if they were not found guilty.

The irony of this case is that the women launched the “Happy Sunday” children’s program in September of 2003, in response to a request by a local elementary school for assistance to meet legal requirements to comply with the National Education System Bill. Because of the popularity of this program with Christian students, some Muslim children wanted to attend. These Muslim children were only permitted to attend if they had their parent’s permission. Later some Muslim parents complained that a picnic held in Jakarta was a trick to Christianize their children while they were away from their village. Eventually their protests went to the Council for County Officers (Muspika). The local MUI (Indonesia Ulama Council) then urged that this problem be resolved by law, which led to accusing the three women of trying to Christianize Muslims.

Petition Officials

  • Joko Widodo


    Mailing Address

    Joko Widodo

    President of Indonesia

    Presidential Palace



  • Budi Bowoleksono


    Email Address

    Mailing Address

    Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

    2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW

    Washington, D.C. 20036

    Other Contact Information

    Telephone: (202) 775-5200

  • Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations

    Email Address

    Mailing Address

    Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations

    325 East 38th Street

    New York, NY 10016

    Other Contact Information

    Telephone: 212-972-8333

    Fax: 212-972-5365