This is really disturbing. Ache province was granted semi-autonomy as a compromise to quell a militants Muslim insurgency in the area. Indonesia as a whole is a moderate secular democracy and radical Islam has only gained a foothold relatively recently. When I lived there in the late seventies I never saw anything radical beyond the omnipresent photos of Suharto, the president who ruled like a dictator. As the article points out, this ĺaw in Ache is not a national law but a regional one. It’s sad that the government capitulated to the radicals in Ache. Let’s hope international attention to this makes some difference.
By Melanie Nathan, Oct 02, 2015.
A few days ago, the Sharia police, in Indonesia, arrested two young women aged 18 and 19, when they saw the pair hugging in a public place in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital. A police official told reporters that they “suspected the women were lesbians.” Yes with a mere hug, your sexuality can change! Beware!
The two women remain in police custody, but may be released to their families.
Aceh provincial government criminal code introduced an Islamic By-law, which went into effect in September 2014, prohibiting so called “lesbianism” and sodomy, an offenses which is not in the Indonesian national criminal code. This by-law included non-Muslims in this Sharia/ Islamic law.
The code punishes consensual same-sex sex acts with 100 lashes and 100 months in jail.
According to HRW:
“Under national legislation stemming from a “Special Status” agreement brokered in 1999…
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