Euan McKirdy – Two 18-year-olds were publicly flogged Thursday in the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh for displaying affection.
Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
February 1, 2019
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 crime under the conservative region's Isla
January 4, 2019
We almost used an actual image of a thief's hand getting cut off in Saudi Arabia but that was much too horrible so here's a picture of Luke Skywalker after his hand got cut off by his
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 Indonesia.
December 11, 2018
East Aceh, Indonesia – A group of men caught gambling were publicly whipped in Indonesia's conservative Muslim province of Aceh on Tuesday as a crowd of onlookers cheered.
November 23, 2018
Jakarta (Reuters) – Police in Muslim-majority Indonesia have questioned the head of one of its newest and most progressive parties, who is battling accusations of "Islamophobia" from ri
November 21, 2018
Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto's vice presidential running mate Sandiaga Uno says that he and the Just and Prosperous Indonesian Coalition – the coalition supporting the Prabowo-Sandiaga pr
Syafiul Hadi, Jakarta – Expert staff in Religious Affairs Ministry Oman Faturrahman said religion-based regional regulation or sharia perda was the authority of local administration.
November 19, 2018
Since President Joko Widodo chose Ma'ruf Amin, the head of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and one of the country's most influential religious figures, his running mate for the 2019
Rini Kustianti and Ari Wibowo, Jakarta – Talks of a religion-based regional regulation (Perda) in the form of a Sharia Perda recently made rounds in Indonesia's political realm after Ch
Antara, Jakarta – Nahdalatul Ulama's young figure Akhmad Sahal deems the resistance or refusal of a religion-based regional regulation (Perda) cannot be considered as an act of blasphem
November 18, 2018
Bahtiar Rifa'I, Jakarta – Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) chairperson Grace Natalie has said that they do not support religious based bylaws such as those based on syariah (Islamic la
November 17, 2018
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) chairperson Grace Natalie has been reported to the national police headquarters criminal investigation bureau (Bareskri
November 16, 2018
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The chairwoman of the Indonesian Solidarity Party, Grace Natalie, has been reported to the National Police's criminal investigation division (Bareskrim) for alle
November 14, 2018
The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) is one of the country's youngest and certainly its most progressive political party.
Reza Gunadha, Ria Rizki Nirmala Sari – The Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno election campaign team (BPN) has responded sarcastically to a statement by the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI)
September 20, 2018
Carly Read – The woman, who has not been not named, was barbarically punished as a crowd gathered and watched on in horror in Aceh, located north-west of Sumatra.
July 14, 2018
Reuters, Banda Aceh – Indonesia's ultra-conservative Aceh province held a public caning of 15 people on Friday (13/07), including of two men who received 87 lashes each for having gay s
April 23, 2018
Iffah Nur Arifah – The decision of the Aceh Provincial Government in Indonesia to move flogging from public into more closed spaces has drawn resistance from the public and the local pa
April 20, 2018
Heri Juanda, Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province on Friday caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostituti
A group of amorous couples and alleged sex workers were publicly whipped for breaking Islamic law in Indonesia's Aceh Friday, just a week after the province pledged to move the widely c
April 13, 2018
Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will no longer allow canings for violations of Shariah law to be carried out in public, its governor said Thursday, appare
April 12, 2018
Indonesia's Aceh province will stop caning criminals in public after a wave of international condemnation of the practice, local officials said Thursday.
Hotli Simanjuntak, Banda Aceh – The sharia-based provincial government of Aceh has issued a gubernatorial regulation ending the practice of caning convicts in public.
March 16, 2018
Jakarta – The central government has warned the Aceh administration against introducing beheading as a punishment for murder under its sharia law system, saying the province did not hav
Anne Barker – Amnesty International has urged Indonesia to step in and block moves to introduce beheading as a punishment for murder in the country's conservative Aceh province.
Jakarta – The head of the Sharia and Human Rights Division at Aceh's Sharia Agency, Syukri Yusuf, denies having said that the province was going to implement beheading as a punishment f
March 15, 2018
Ihsan Dalimunthe & Dika Dania Kardi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulama Council's (MUI) Religious Outreach Commission chairperson, Cholil Nafis, agrees with a plan to apply beheadings (
Jakarta – The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh – known for publicly caning gay people, adulterers and gamblers – is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for
March 14, 2018
Agus Setyadi, ace – The Aceh Islam Law Office (DSI) is debating the application of Qisas – retributive justice – for perpetrators of crimes such as murder in order to push down crime ra
February 28, 2018
Jakarta – Authorities in Banda Aceh caned a non-Muslim married couple on Tuesday (Feb 27) after the two were arrested for gambling at an entertainment centre in the capital of Aceh.
February 27, 2018
Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in conservative Aceh province Tuesday for playing a children's entertainment game seen as violating Islamic law, as hundreds of onlookers
January 31, 2018
Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has expressed his support for Aceh Besar Regent Mawardi Ali's decision to require female cabin crew members of airlines to wear hijab
January 30, 2018
An Indonesian province said Tuesday it is ordering Muslim female flight attendants landing in the region to don a hijab upon arrival – or face punishment by religious police.
January 20, 2018
Anna Verdon – A woman and her partner were publicly whipped for getting "too close" to each other just days before their wedding.
January 19, 2018
An Indonesian Christian was publicly flogged on Friday for selling alcohol in conservative Aceh province, a violation of Islamic law, as a crowd of onlookers including children jeered.
January 4, 2018
Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta, Central Java – The Karanganyar Legislative Council (DPRD) plans to issue a bylaw that will prohibit parents from giving their children "Western" names.
December 31, 2017
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December 29, 2017
Banda Aceh – The Banda Aceh City Government prohibits its citizens from celebrating the New Year. Leaflets announcing the ban are posted in public places and markets.
October 24, 2017
Andreas Harsono – More than 530 people have been publicly flogged in Indonesia's Aceh province since a new Islamic criminal code was enacted in October 2015, new figures show.
July 14, 2017
Jon Emont, Jakarta, Indonesia – Two months after Indonesia's most conservative province drew international headlines for publicly caning two young gay men for having sex with each other, the govern
July 13, 2017
Kyle Knight – The authorities in Aceh – Indonesia's only province that implements full Sharia (Islamic law) – clearly feel stung by the international outcry they generated when police publicly flog
Shannon Power – After an international outcry over the public caning of two gay men in Aceh, the province will make future canings private.
July 4, 2017
Simon Butt – Decentralisation reforms enacted following the fall of Soeharto gave local governments unprecedented powers to govern their own affairs, including by issuing bylaws, common
June 18, 2017
Jakarta – Aceh's Lhokseumawe Police arrested on Saturday nine alleged gamblers – including two village heads and a village official – at a food stall in Blang Raya village in Muara Dua district, Lh
May 22, 2017
Jakarta – The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned the Aceh administration's plan to sentence two men to public caning for engaging in same-sex relations. They will be subject to 85 lashes.
March 13, 2017
Hotli Simanjuntak and Moses Ompusunggu, Banda Aceh/Jakarta – A prosecutor in Aceh province has claimed that two Buddhists voluntarily chose to be punished under sharia after being found guilty of g
February 8, 2017
Phelim Kine – Authorities in Indonesia's Aceh province imposed the Sharia, or Islamic law, punishment of multiple lashes of a cane against 339 people in 2016, the first full-year of implementation
October 19, 2016
Banda Aceh – A young woman screamed in pain as she was caned in front of a jeering crowd in Aceh, Indonesia, the latest person to be punished after being found guilty of breaking the province's str