Antara, Aceh Besar – Aceh Besar Regency in Aceh Province enforces a ban on Valentine's Day celebrations because it is against Islamic teachings and local laws.
Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
February 7, 2024
November 20, 2023
Wijayanti Putri, Solo – Controversial cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, known for serving multiple prison sentences due to terrorism convictions, made a visit to Solo city hall on Monday.
August 11, 2023
Banda Aceh – Authorities in Indonesia's ultra-conservative Aceh province have ordered men and women not immediately related or married to stay apart in vehicles and public places, the l
June 7, 2023
James Callery – An unmarried couple have been publicly whipped 21 times each for breaking Sharia law in Indonesia's Aceh district after they were caught making out in a parked car.
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.
November 1, 2022
Amri Amrullah, Jakarta – The Denny JA Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) has released its latest survey on "Political Parties and the Growth of Pro-Islamic Law [Voters]".
October 11, 2022
Surakarta, Central Java – A radical Muslim cleric, thought to be behind the 2002 terrorist bombings that killed 202 people on the resort island of Bali, said in a recent interview that
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.
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.
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 Co
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
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 Ba
February 11, 2021
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Three Christians were flogged in public in Indonesia's Aceh province on Feb.
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
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 In
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 Pl
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 t
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.
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.
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.
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 prostit
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 sai
July 25, 2020
Amelia Wynne for Mailonline – An Indonesian prisoner has been left with gruesome injuries after being whipped for violating Sharia law.
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
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 soc
June 5, 2020
Aceh Besar (AFP) – Two Indonesians caught having pre-marital sex were flogged a hundred times each on Friday (June 5) in conservative Aceh province with a fraction of the usual crowd w
April 22, 2020
Bradford Betz – Indonesian authorities in the country's ultra-conservative Aceh province publicly flogged six people Tuesday for breaking Islamic law – despite a government ban on mass
February 20, 2020
Aceh – Units from the Aceh Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and the Wilayatul Hisbah Islamic police (WH) conducted checks on female drivers wearing tight clothing and men wearing short
February 12, 2020
Banda Aceh – Banda Aceh Mayor Aminullah Usman has banned residents from celebrating Valentine's Day or the day of love on February 14.
Jakarta – The city administration of Banda Aceh in the conservative province of Aceh has barred residents from celebrating Valentine's Day, which falls on Feb.
February 11, 2020
Jakarta – Indonesia's westernmost province, Aceh, plans to host the West Coast Aceh 250K ultramarathon from April 4 to 6 in an attempt to boost a positive public image.
February 9, 2020
Aceh Besar – The Greater Aceh regency government in Aceh province has again banned people from celebrating Valentine's Day because it is deemed to conflict with Syariat Islam (Islamic
February 4, 2020
A female flogging squad has enraged Indonesian activists.
January 28, 2020
Haeril Halim, Banda Aceh – The masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes – proving herself as the newest member of the
January 16, 2020
Marvela, Safira Andini, Jakarta – Sinta Nuriyah, the wife of the 4th Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), said that Muslim women are not obliged to wear the jilbab (Islami
January 11, 2020
Masriadi, Lhokseumawe – Lhokseumawe Mayor Suaidi Yahyais has asked to all cafe, restaurant, hotel and internet cafe owners in the city to limit working hours for women employees to 11
January 10, 2020
Citizens in the Indonesian regency of Demak, East Java now have a couple of hours every evening during which they are advised by the regional government to set aside their friends for
January 7, 2020
Agus Setyadi, Banda Aceh – Aceh's religious leaders (ulama) believe that there is no need to build cinemas in Tanah Rencong – as Aceh is known – and that cinemas are not something whic
December 28, 2019
Jakarta – Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has issued a circular advising residents of Bogor regency in West Java to celebrate New Year's Eve in a modest manner without blowing paper trumpets or
December 26, 2019
Antara, Jakarta – Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has issued a circular calling for his residents to not celebrate New Year's Eve with fireworks and trumpets, which he said, in order to maintai
December 23, 2019
There are to be no fireworks or – heaven forbid – alcohol and debauchery on New Year's Eve in two major Aceh cities, which have officially banned all celebrations welcoming the year 20
Jakarta – Sabang City on Weh Island in Aceh – the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia that has implemented Sharia law – has banned its local residents from celebrating the new yea
December 10, 2019
A public caning carried out today in Banda Aceh, the capital city of Aceh province, became the first in the city to feature a woman handling the cane.
December 6, 2019
Jakarta – In two separate cases, a woman and a man in Aceh passed out on Thursday after being publicly caned as a punishment for violating the province's Qanun Jinayat (Islamic crimina
December 5, 2019
An Indonesian man who fainted as he was being whipped for pre-marital sex Thursday was revived to receive the rest of his punishment before being rushed to hospital.
November 4, 2019
Officials in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh are outraged over a brazen protest against their religious ideals by a man, who appears to be a foreigner, who snuck in his me
November 1, 2019
Jakarta – A member of the Aceh Ulema Council (MPU), which oversees the implementation of sharia in the province, was publicly caned in Banda Aceh after he was caught alone with a woman
An Indonesian man working for an organisation that helped draft strict religious laws has been publicly whipped himself after he was caught having an affair with a married woman.
October 21, 2019
Corazon Miller – Two men accused of gambling are the latest to receive a public whipping in the capital of Indonesia's Aceh, where people are commonly flogged for a range of offences i