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September 5, 2019

Aceh ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Coconuts Jakarta - September 5, 2019

Aceh, the only province in Indonesia with special autonomy to enact sharia law, is often criticized by human rights activists for publicly caning…

September 3, 2019

Aceh ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - September 3, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – A group that calls itself Victims of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law Community (PAKU ITE) has…

August 18, 2019

Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 18, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A flash flood triggered by heavy rains inundated and damaged tens of houses in South Aceh district Friday night.…

August 7, 2019

Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 7, 2019

Jakarta – The West Aceh regency administration has declared an emergency status in response to the severe haze that has blanketed the…

August 2, 2019

Aceh ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
International Federation of Journalists Statement - August 2, 2019

Indonesian journalist Asnawi Luwi's house was burned down, followed by an arson attack at the office of the Indonesian Journalists Association (…

August 1, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Channel News Asia - August 1, 2019

Lhokseumawe – Three people were publicly whipped 100 times each in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province on Wednesday (Jul 31), with one…

Aceh ›› Human Rights & Justice
JusticeInfo.net - August 1, 2019

Galuh Wandita – An older woman spoke haltingly into a microphone, her hands trembling from the memory: "They beat my whole body, my eyes and…

Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - August 1, 2019

In mid-July, the male head of a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in the ultraconservative province of Aceh, as well as one of the school's…

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - August 1, 2019

One woman begged for mercy and another sobbed uncontrollably as Indonesia's Aceh province flogged nearly a dozen people Thursday, including a…

July 28, 2019

Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Serambi News - July 28, 2019

Saiful Bahri I, Lhokseumawe – Female religious pupils (santriwati) from the An Islamic boarding school (pesantren) in Lhokseumawe, northern Aceh…

July 24, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
The Diplomat - July 24, 2019

Ana Salva – Fajran Zain still remembers the days when young lovers from the province of Aceh, in Indonesia, could sit to enjoy the sunset…

July 16, 2019

Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 16, 2019

Jakarta – Acting Aceh governor Nova Iriansyah has lashed out at the notion that oil palm plantations in the province contributed to environmental…

July 15, 2019

Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
South China Morning Post - July 15, 2019

Amy Chew – Women in Indonesia's ultraconservative province of Aceh have opposed efforts to legalise polygamous marriages through a special by-law…

July 11, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – Less than a week after the women's world cup football final drew record crowds and global TV audiences, clerics in a hardline Islamist…

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Merdeka - July 11, 2019

Afif – The North Aceh regency government has banned women and under age children from going out at night or roaming the streets during school…

July 10, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Jakarta Post - July 10, 2019

Jakarta – North Aceh Regent Muhammad Thaib and 28 mass organizations in the regency have called on women not to go out in the evening without…

July 9, 2019

Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
Tempo - July 9, 2019

Iil Askar Monza, Jakarta – The National Commission of Anti-Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) assessed the plan to legalize polygamy…

Aceh ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Jakarta – Members of a religious group have stopped the first-ever Base Jam concert in Aceh because of the pop band's alleged violations of the…

July 8, 2019

Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
CNN Indonesia - July 8, 2019

Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) says that the Aceh Regional House of Representatives (DPRA) does…

Aceh ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Detik News - July 8, 2019

Agus Setyadi, Banda Aceh – A Base Jam concert on the closing night of the 2019 Aceh Culinary Festival (ACF) has been closed down by a hardline…

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Coconuts Jakarta - July 8, 2019

Even as soccer fans around the world watched and celebrated the incredible performances of the gifted athletes at this year's recently concluded…

Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
Detik News - July 8, 2019

Jakarta – The draft Aceh qanun (bylaw) legalising polygamy has attracted support and opposition. Some believe that the qanun needs to be…

July 6, 2019

Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
CNN Indonesia - July 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Acehnese Regional House of Representatives (DPRA) is justifying a plan by the Aceh government to legalise polygamy on the grounds…

Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
Jakarta Post - July 6, 2019

Antara, Meulaboh – West Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) chairman Teungku Abdurrani Adian has expressed support for a plan by the Aceh…

July 5, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Viva - July 5, 2019

A number of Islamic and youth organisations in the Acehnese city of Lhokseumawe have objected to the national-level U-17 Women's Soccer…

July 4, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Kompas.com - July 4, 2019

Masriadi, Lhokseumawe – The Ulama (Islamic clerics) Communication Forum and other youth organisations have objected to the national-level U-17…

June 28, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Al Jezeera - June 28, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Hendra, an academic in Indonesia's semi-autonomous region of Aceh, vaguely remembers the first time he…

June 25, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Coconuts Jakarta - June 25, 2019

If Aceh's top ulemas (Islamic scholars) continue their crusade against the popular military shooter video game PUBG (Player Unknown's…

June 17, 2019

Aceh ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - June 17, 2019

Dozens of people stormed a mosque in the Aceh capital of Banda Aceh over alleged ideological differences with a guest preacher delivering a…

June 12, 2019

Aceh ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - June 12, 2019

Jakarta – Three subdistrict heads in West Aceh, Aceh province, are at risk of being removed from their positions for not attending…

June 1, 2019

Aceh ›› Regional Autonomy & Separatism
Jakarta Post - June 1, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The government has asserted that there is no room for any call of referendum in any region of Indonesia, amid…

May 13, 2019

Aceh ›› News & Issues
Coconuts Jakarta - May 13, 2019

He's not exactly a beggar, but this man in Aceh is certainly a chooser, and an extremely ungrateful one at that.

On Saturday, a video was…

May 3, 2019

Aceh ›› Cultural & Religious Events
CNN Indonesia - May 3, 2019

Jakarta – The mayor of the Acehnese provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aminullah Usman, has prohibited coffee shops from serving customers during…

April 16, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
The Independent - April 16, 2019

A man and a woman have been publicly whipped in Indonesia in an archaic punishment for reportedly having sex outside of marriage.

April 9, 2019

Aceh ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Jakarta – A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced on Monday evening suspended Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf to seven years in…

April 4, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Detik News - April 4, 2019

Agus Setyadi, Banda Aceh – The Brunei Darussalam sultanate has enacted laws ranging from canning to stoning to death for the crime of…

Aceh ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Coconuts Jakarta - April 4, 2019

Aceh, the only Indonesian province given special authority to enact sharia laws, has seen numerous instances of human rights violations in their…

March 20, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - March 20, 2019

A group of unmarried couples were whipped in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday after they were caught behaving amorously – a crime under the…

March 8, 2019

Aceh ›› International Women's Day
Aceh Kita - March 8, 2019

Husaini Endehttp, Banda Aceh – Hundreds of cross-sector women activists in the Banda Aceh provincial capital of Aceh from the Syura Ureung Inong…

March 4, 2019

Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - March 4, 2019

Six couples were publicly whipped in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province Monday for relations outside marriage, with at least two women unable…

February 12, 2019

Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Antara - February 12, 2019

Muhammad Ifdhal, Banda Aceh – Aceh Regional House of Representatives (DPRA) Commission VIII chairperson Ghufran Zainal Abidin says that Indonesia…

February 11, 2019

Aceh ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Arun Lhokseumawe Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Aceh, which houses one of the country's natural gas…

February 5, 2019

Aceh ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2019

Jakarta – The corruption trial of suspended Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf began to unfold like a soap opera after his close companion, Steffy…

February 1, 2019

Aceh ›› Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
CNN - February 1, 2019

Euan McKirdy – Two 18-year-olds were publicly flogged Thursday in the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh for displaying affection.

The…

January 31, 2019

Aceh ›› Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
Straits Times - January 31, 2019

Banda Aceh (AFP) – Two teenagers were whipped in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday (Jan 31) after they were caught cuddling in public – a…

January 30, 2019

Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2019

Hotli Simanjuntak, Banda Aceh – The rampant destruction of forests in the Leuser ecosystem, a major water source for Aceh, has led to frequent…

January 6, 2019

Aceh ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Channel News Asia - January 6, 2019

Jack Board, Bireuen, Indonesia – For one of the world's most persecuted minorities, in the midst of their struggle, there was always one place…

January 3, 2019

Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - January 3, 2019

In another horrifying case of domestic violence in Indonesia, a man from the Bireuen Regency of Aceh allegedly committed a brutal crime against…

January 1, 2019

Aceh ›› Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
Detik News - January 1, 2019

Agus Setyadi, Jakarta – New Year's Eve in the Acehnese provincial capital of Aceh was not celebrated this year as it was in other parts of…

December 31, 2018

Aceh ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Jakarta Post - December 31, 2018

Jakarta – Officials and religious leaders in Aceh have called on Muslims in the province not to celebrate the New Year for religious reasons.