Banda Aceh (AFP) – Five suspected poachers have been arrested over the beheading of an endangered Sumatran elephant, the Indonesian authorities said on Tuesday (Aug 17), as the South-east Asian archipelago's battle with wildlife crime continues.
August 17, 2021
August 9, 2021
Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – It was the evening after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on July 20 when Hambal M Zain began to run a fever.
The 61-year-old coffee shop owner, who lives in the city of Banda Aceh in the northwestern Aceh Province, thought little of it at the time and in the days that followed the fever subsided and Zain went back to work as usual.
July 13, 2021
A decapitated Sumatran elephant was found in Aceh province this week, with authorities suspecting that the endangered animal was killed for its tusks after finding traces of poison in its digestive system.
June 30, 2021
An Acehnese woman collapsed when she was flogged in public on Monday in the city of Lhokseumawe, as she was one of the latest to be punished for religious transgressions in the province.
June 29, 2021
Hardani Triyoga and Dani Randi, Banda Aceh – Banda Aceh Public Order Agency officers (Satpol PP) and the Wilayatul Hisbah (Religious police, WH) have sealed off two beauty salons in Seutui and Lamseupeng which were being used for deviant homosexual practices.
June 4, 2021
Pulau Idaman, Aceh – A boat filled with dozens of Rohingya, mostly women and children, landed on an island off Aceh coast early Friday, according to an AFP reporter and the UN refugee agency.
May 1, 2021
Muhammad Saifullah, Banda Aceh – Scores of workers held a long-march from the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque to the Simpang Lima traffic circle in the Achenese provincial capital of Banda Aceh to commemorate International Labour Day which fell on Saturday May 1.
March 24, 2021
Adi Renaldi, Banda Aceh, Indonesia – The health officials were racing against the clock. Doses of the coronavirus vaccine had to reach Sabang, a city on the mountainous Weh Island in the Andaman Sea, by that afternoon.
March 18, 2021
Authorities in Aceh believe they have found a cop who had been missing for a little over 16 years; specifically since the day of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
Zainal Abidin AKA Asep, a West Java native who was stationed in the Aceh capital of Banda Aceh in 2004, was among the tens of thousands missing when waves slammed into the region on Dec. 26 that year.
March 8, 2021
Banda Aceh – Non-government organisations (NGOs) and millennial groups in Aceh held an International Women's Day (IWD) virtual campaign at the Ivory Cafe in Setui, Banda Aceh, on Monday March 8.
February 23, 2021
Agus Rahmat, Dani Randi (Banda Aceh) – Officials from the Banda Aceh municipal Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and Wilayatul Hisbah (Sharia police, WH) have sealed off a hotel in the Batoh area for frequent violations of Islamic law. The hotel was also sealed off because its operational license expired in 2018.
February 11, 2021
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Three Christians were flogged in public in Indonesia's Aceh province on Feb. 8 after being caught drinking alcohol at a small shop in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, according to a local government official.
February 9, 2021
Banda Aceh – Two Christian men were publicly flogged Monday in Indonesia's ultra-conservative Aceh province for drinking alcohol and gambling, in a rare instance of non-Muslims facing a punishment frequently condemned by rights groups.
February 2, 2021
Lhokseumawe – Scores of Rohingya women missing from a refugee camp in Indonesia have been trafficked into Malaysia to reunite with their husbands, several sources have told AFP.
Just over 100 refugees remain at the camp in Lhokseumawe on Indonesia's northern coast, well down from the almost 400 who arrived in separate boat landings between June and September last year.
January 30, 2021
Two men in the city of Banda Aceh in Indonesia's Aceh province were each flogged 77 times yesterday (28 January) for alleged consensual same-sex relations, said Amnesty International Indonesia.
The canings were reportedly carried out in front of a crowd of around 100 onlookers.
January 29, 2021
Two gay men in Indonesia's Aceh province have been publicly caned 77 times each after they were reported to police by vigilantes who raided their apartment.
Human rights groups have condemned the spectacle, which was watched by dozens of people in the capital Banda Aceh, as brutal and medieval.
January 28, 2021
At the Taman Sari building in the Acehnese provincial capital of Banda Aceh, MU and TA grimaced with pain as two executioners flogged each of them 77 times. The punishment was handed out for the crime of liwath – same sex relations between two men or gay sex.
Jakarta – Hundreds of Rohingya are missing from a refugee camp in Aceh and are believed to have been trafficked to neighbouring Malaysia, officials and sources said Thursday.
Just 112 refugees remain at the makeshift camp in Lhokseumawe on Indonesia's northern coast this week, well down from the almost 400 that arrived between June and September last year.
January 25, 2021
Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – The Aceh Provincial Police have arrested five men, including a local civil servant, for alleged role in a series of terror attacks and suspected link with global terror network the Islamic State, a spokesman said on Monday.
December 26, 2020
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – It was a picture of Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio standing in front of two elephants with a man and a woman in Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem that got people talking in 2016.
The actor posted the picture on his Instagram and said that Leuser is "a world-class biodiversity hotspot ... but palm oil expansion is destroying this unique place".
December 5, 2020
Banda Aceh – the Aceh Ulema Consultative Council (MPU) – an assembly of religious leaders in Aceh – have issued a sticker prohibiting people from playing online gambling and the game Player Unknown's Battle Grounds (PUBG). The stickers will be put up on all coffee shops (warkop) and cafes in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.
November 21, 2020
Josh Milton – A gay couple in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, was forcibly dragged out of their homes to a police station and now run the risk of being lashed 100 times all because of their "illegal sexual orientation".
November 15, 2020
Jakarta – The Aceh administration has issued standard operating procedures for schools as it seeks to resume in-person learning during the pandemic.
Under the procedures, schools must provide on-campus facilities to implement health protocols and form a COVID-19 task force.
November 14, 2020
Banda Aceh – Residents of Kuta Alam in the Acehnese provincial capital of Aceh have caught a gay couple having same-sex relations at a boarding house. The possible existence of a wider gay community is also being investigated.
October 25, 2020
Jakarta – The Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) has demanded that players of the highly popular online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and other games depicting violence be subjected to public flogging.
October 22, 2020
Jakarta – Two women in Langsa city of Aceh were publicly whipped 23 times each after having been charged for violating the conservative region's gambling law on Wednesday.
The Langsa Sharia Court previously found the defendants – identified as AN and SS – guilty of online gambling on Oct. 10. Online gambling is haram according to Aceh's Qanun Jinayat (Criminal Code Bylaw).
October 12, 2020
The murder of a boy in Aceh has shocked many in the country, with the victim brutally killed during his heroic attempt to protect his mother from a rapist.
September 27, 2020
Jakarta – The caning of a convicted child rapist in Aceh had to be suspended after he developed severe bruising on his back.
September 24, 2020
Chris Pleasance – A convicted child rapist was whipped until he collapsed in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh under the province's strict Sharia Laws.
The man, named only as Roni in local reports, was due to be hit 169 times with a rattan cane in a public building on Thursday, but fell down after 52 strikes.
September 15, 2020
Four men were publicly flogged in a conservative Indonesian province on Tuesday under sharia law, after being convicted for engaging in sexual activity with minors.
The sentence was executed in front of the prosecutors' office in North Aceh with armed policemen guarding the event.
September 12, 2020
Jakarta – A Rohingya refugee in Aceh died of a respiratory illness on Friday, only a day after two other refugees died of similar causes.
Lhokseumawe city public relations head Marzuki said the refugee, a 19-year-old named Senowara, was admitted to Cut Meutia General Hospital (RSUCM) in North Aceh after complaining of high fever and breathing difficulties.
September 7, 2020
Hidayatullah Tahjuddin and Poppy McPherson Reuters Lhokseumawe, Indonesia/Bangkok, Thailand – Almost 300 Rohingya refugees believed to have been at sea for six months landed in Indonesia's Aceh province early on Monday, Indonesian authorities said.
Reuters in Lhokseumawe – Almost 300 Rohingya refugees believed to have been at sea for six months landed on a beach in Aceh province, Indonesia, early on Monday, Indonesian authorities have said.
August 25, 2020
Mardika Parama, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated on Tuesday the Indrapuri-Blang Bintang section of the Sigli-Banda Aceh toll road, the first ever toll road in Aceh province, pledging to continue the country's infrastructure projects amid the ongoing health crisis.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo met on Tuesday with 200 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Banda Aceh to disburse the productive social assistance aimed at helping them survive the pandemic downturn.
July 30, 2020
Jakarta – The human rights group Amnesty International urged Indonesia on Thursday to abolish caning after two women were struck about 100 times each as punishment for offering prostitution online.
July 28, 2020
Banda Aceh – Two Indonesian women have been publicly whipped nearly 100 times each for selling sex workers' services online, an official in the country's conservative Aceh province said Tuesday.
July 25, 2020
Amelia Wynne for Mailonline – An Indonesian prisoner has been left with gruesome injuries after being whipped for violating Sharia law.
The Aceh Islamic Sharia Court administered 17 lashes for the man who had been found guilty of gambling in Lhokseumawe City. Shocking pictures show dark red marks on the man's back and down the side of his arm.
July 23, 2020
Alfath Asmunda, Banda Aceh – A series of cases of sexual violence against children has taken place in Aceh. Last week for example, two infants in Greater Aceh became victims of sexual violence committed by their uncle with the initials YL (49).
July 15, 2020
Tim Stickings, for Mailonline – A convicted sex offender was given 74 lashes in a public whipping in Indonesia today – wearing a face shield emblazoned with the name of a local travel firm.
The caning was handed out under Sharia law in the arch-conservative province of Aceh, which has continued to carry out its notorious public floggings despite the coronavirus crisis.
July 7, 2020
Raja Umar, Banda Aceh – Pictures of a group of women cyclists wearing tight clothing and no headscarfs riding around the Acehnese provincial capital of Banda Aceh has gone viral on social media.
The photos and videos of the women wearing sexy pink tops invited criticism from netizens.
July 1, 2020
Jakarta – A Sumatran tiger found dead on Monday on a plantation in South Aceh regency, Aceh, is believed to have ingested toxic substances.
June 28, 2020
Antara, Jakarta – The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations has praised the local people and Government of North Aceh for their initiative and lead in rescuing Rohingya refugees in distress at sea on Thursday (June 25).
June 27, 2020
Max Walden – Almost 100 Rohingya people were helped ashore by locals from fishing villages on the northern tip of the Indonesian province of Aceh before officials had decided to allow the people to disembark.
At least 79 of the rescued Rohingya are women and children, who have temporarily been sheltered in an abandoned Indonesian Immigration facility.
June 26, 2020
Jakarta – Amnesty International has urged the government to show support for Aceh residents after they rescued dozens of Rohingya refugees in Northern Aceh waters. Amnesty called this event "a victory for humanitarian solidarity" and demanded that the Indonesian authorities ensure immediate protection for the refugees.
Rebecca Ratcliffe and Febriana Firdaus – On Thursday afternoon, residents of Aceh, Indonesia, waded back and forth in water helping Rohingya refugees clamber to safety. Exhausted children were passed between rescuers.
Nearly 100 Rohingya people who were stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore on Thursday by local people furious at local authorities' refusal to give them shelter because of fears about the coronavirus.
June 25, 2020
Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has said that it has provided emergency assistance to dozens of Rohingya refugees who found themselves stranded in northern Aceh waters.
The 94 refugees, consisting of 49 women, 15 men and 30 children, were rescued by local fishermen on Wednesday.
Jakarta – Amnesty International has called on Indonesian authorities to ensure immediate protection for dozens of Rohingya refugees, who were rescued by local fishermen after they became stranded in the waters off North Aceh on Wednesday.
June 18, 2020
Jakarta – A video showing a woman being harassed by men after she was allegedly caught stealing at Ulee Gle market in Bandar Dua district, Pidie Jaya regency, Aceh, went viral on Wednesday.