Jakarta – Aceh's traditional leader (Wali Nanggroe Aceh), Tgk Malik Mahmud Al Haytar, has handed over data on 5,000 cases of human rights violations that occurred in Aceh province to the central government through Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD.
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March 3, 2023
February 16, 2023
Miftah Cut Ade, a senior member of the area's traditional fishing community, told Reuters the group had arrived from Bangladesh, many in a state of exhaustion.
February 10, 2023
"This is what we are doing and Rp1.7 trillion investment for PIM.
February 2, 2023
Jakarta – A Sumatran tiger attacked and injured two farmers in Aceh Wednesday, the second such attack in days, as officials vowed to capture the big cat or cats responsible.
The latest attack took place in a protected forest reserve in Aceh at about 2 am (2100 GMT Tuesday).
January 24, 2023
Antara, Banda Aceh – The Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of North Aceh district, Aceh province, has reported that 21,389 people from 4,234 families have been affected by the floods in the region over the past three days.
The floods have been caused by the overflow of several rivers due to heavy rains over the past few days.
January 9, 2023
Jakarta – A boat with 185 Rohingya refugees landed on the shores of Aceh province on Sunday, a local disaster agency official said, following hundreds who arrived late last year fleeing desperate conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
January 7, 2023
Pallavi Pundir (Vice), Aceh – It's just another day in Banda Aceh, the capital city of Indonesia's only Sharia-regulated province and one of its poorest.
December 28, 2022
Latika Bourke – The United Nations refugee agency has praised Indonesia's decision to rescue hundreds of Rohingya refugees who were abandoned by neighbouring countries as an "act in support of humanity."
The Geneva-based UNHCR said Indonesia had helped save 472 people in the past six weeks, with 200 saved over the Christmas period alone.
December 27, 2022
Agencies, Banda Aceh, Aceh – Rohingya refugees received emergency medical treatment after a boat carrying nearly 200 people came ashore in Aceh on Monday, authorities said, in the fourth such landing in the country in recent months.
December 26, 2022
Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Dozens of hungry and weak Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's northernmost province on Sunday after weeks at sea, officials said.
November 15, 2022
Jakarta – A boat carrying 111 Rohingya refugees, including women and children, landed on the shores of Aceh on Tuesday, authorities said, the latest among an annual exodus from northwest Myanmar.
November 6, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – The floods that have submerged several areas in Aceh Tamiang District, Aceh Province, over the past few days have prompted 23,380 residents to evacuate to higher ground, according to the Aceh Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBA).
"In total, 12 sub-districts in Aceh Tamiang are flooded," BPBA chief Ilyas said on Saturday night.
October 24, 2022
Haryanto and Rizkika Lhena Darwin – In recent years, voters in the world's third-largest democracy, Indonesia, have preferred to support candidates with solid religious personas and a lifestyle and appearances adhering to Islamic values. This preference is in line with the increasing trend towards Islamic piety in the Muslim majority country.
October 4, 2022
Mohammad Arief Hidayat and Dani Randi (Banda Aceh) – The chairperson of the Acehnese Regional House of Representatives' (DPR Aceh) Commission V for Health Affairs, M Rizal Falevi, has proposed a draft qanun (bylaw) legalising cannabis for medical use so it can be included in the 2023 priority Regional Legislation Program (Prolegda).
September 26, 2022
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The democratic festivity is a bleak period for trans women in Aceh. They could potentially fall victim to a 'witch hunt' believed to boost the electability of local political elites. Sharia law has arguably annulled their rights as a citizen of the country.
July 23, 2022
Jakarta – The National Police have arrested 13 suspected militants believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) during separate operations by counterterrorism squad Detachment 88 in the province of Aceh.
July 19, 2022
Authorities in Aceh are pursuing a foreign tourist after she was filmed committing one of the biggest cultural and religious faux pas in the conservative province.
July 14, 2022
Jakarta – The Aceh representative office of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) says that it has handed over three alleged cases of gross human rights violations which occurred in Tanah Rencong – as Aceh is known – to Attorney General ST Burhanuddin.
March 21, 2022
Beril Huliselan – Since the attacks, arson, and demolition of several churches in Aceh Singkil Regency, Aceh Province, Indonesia (2015), religious freedoms in churches in Aceh Singkil Regency has been disrupted.
March 6, 2022
Yayan Zamzami, Banda Aceh, Indonesia – More than 100 hungry and weak Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh on Sunday after weeks at sea, officials said.
February 27, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – A flood triggered by incessant heavy rains over the last two days displaced hundreds of residents of Alue Ie Mirah Village, Indra Makmur Sub-district, East Aceh District, Aceh Province.
February 8, 2022
Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – John Doe can still recall the moment his alleged torturers made him believe he would never see his family again.
It was in 2000 in Aceh Province, Indonesia, following his alleged capture by members of the Indonesian military working at the nearby ExxonMobil gas plant.
February 2, 2022
A fishing community in Indonesia's Aceh region is demanding protection from prosecution after three fishermen were sentenced to prison last year on immigration offenses linked to helping bring Rohingya ashore.
January 28, 2022
Aceh Jaya – Nearly a dozen poachers were jailed by an Aceh court Thursday over the 2020 killing of five critically endangered Sumatran elephants and the illegal trade of their lucrative tusks, as Indonesia's battle with wildlife crime continues.
January 13, 2022
An Indonesian woman has been flogged 100 times in Aceh province for adultery while the male involved, who denied the accusations, received just 15 lashes.
January 4, 2022
Damon Evans, Jakarta, Indonesia – A longstanding US lawsuit filed against ExxonMobil that alleges the oil and gas giant was responsible for human rights violations, including sexual assault, battery and wrongful death, that was committed by members of the Indonesian military, could be heard in court within months, reported Nikkei Asia.
January 2, 2022
Mulyadi, Jakarta, Indonesia – The Indonesian Navy rescued more than 100 Rohingya migrants traveling in a wooden boat, bringing them to safety early Friday morning following pressure from locals.
The naval ship arrived in Lhokseumawe on the north coast of Aceh province shortly after midnight, according to AFP journalists at the scene.
December 30, 2021
Alfath Asmunda and Mulyadi, Bireun, Aceh – Fisherman Edi Saputra had been at sea for four days off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province when he got a call from a friend asking him to come urgently: he had stumbled across a crippled boat packed with foreigners.
Jakarta – Indonesia on Wednesday said it will let dozens of Rohingya refugees come ashore after protests from locals and the international community over its plan to push them into Malaysian waters.
December 29, 2021
Jakarta – Dozens of Rohingya refugees intercepted after their boat ran into trouble off the coast of Aceh province were being sent into Malaysian waters, authorities said on Tuesday.
At least 100 mostly women and children aboard a wooden vessel said to be taking on water were denied refuge in Indonesia and instead pushed into the neighboring Southeast Asian country.
December 28, 2021
Bireuen, Indonesia – Indonesian authorities will help repair a stranded boat packed with more than 100 Rohingya refugees off its coast but will not allow its passengers to seek refuge in the Southeast Asian country and will turn the vessel away, officials told Reuters on Tuesday (Dec 28).
Jakarta (Agencies) – A boat carrying scores of Rohingya refugees including women and children broke down and was stranded in waters off the coast of Aceh province, local authorities and humanitarian groups said on Monday.
December 7, 2021
Aisyah Llewellyn – Ben Husen, a journalist from Lhokseumawe in Indonesia's ultraconservative Aceh Province, has a secret. He has yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
November 17, 2021
The calf of a Sumatran elephant sadly died in Aceh yesterday, just days after she was rescued from a poacher's trap with part of her trunk almost completely severed.
The province's Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) rescued the 1-year-old female near Alue Meuraksa village on Sunday. Officials believe the baby elephant had been ensnared in the trap for days.
October 21, 2021
The Aceh Provincial Police has denied allegations that cops turned away a woman who was reporting a rape attempt because she was unvaccinated, as reported by an advocacy group.
According to the Banda Aceh Legal Aid Foundation (LBH), a 19-year-old female college student from a village in Aceh Besar regency was home alone on Sunday afternoon, when a man knocked on her door.
September 30, 2021
At least 156 COVID-19 vaccine doses perished after a group of fishermen and fish sellers in Aceh thrashed a jab venue on Tuesday, leading to three arrests thus far.
September 22, 2021
A man in Aceh is set to serve more than 16 years in prison for raping his niece, after his recent acquittal by a religious court in the province was overturned by Indonesia's Supreme Court.
August 17, 2021
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 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.