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Indonesia's Aceh whips gay couple for sharia-banned sex

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The two men are flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurls abuse at them

PUNISHMENT. A member of Indonesia's Sharia police (R) whips a man (L) accused of having gay sex during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province on July 13, 2018. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Indonesia sentences two men to 85 lashes of public caning for gay sex

May 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The sentence was higher than the recommendation by prosecutors of 80 strokes of the cane Officials have not revealed the men s names due to the sensitivity of the case

SHARIA LAW. An Acehnese women receiving lashes in front of the Al-Munawwarah Mosque in Aceh in 2010. File photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Gay men caught having sex in Indonesia face caning

Apr 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The two men aged 20 and 23 were caught on video naked in a room together by a neighbor

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Non-Muslims caned in Indonesia under sharia law

Mar 13, 2017 - 12:02 AM

Two Buddhists were caned for the first time after they were accused of cockfighting in Aceh province

PUNISHMENT. One of the two ethnic Chinese and members of the Buddhist minority, gets whipped in front of a crowd in Jantho, Aceh province. AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Man collapses during public caning for breaking Islamic law

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

A doctor examines him and after saying he was in good health he was taken back up on stage to be flogged another 14 times The man had broken Islamic laws forbidding people in Aceh from spending time in close proximity with members of the opposite sex who are not their husband or wife

Woman screams in pain during caning in Indonesia's Aceh

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:28 PM

6 couples were found guilty of breaking Islamic laws that ban intimacy such as touching hugging and kissing between unmarried people

SHARIA LAW. Religious officers bring an Acehnese youth onstage before a public caning event as punishment for dating outside of marriage, which is against sharia law, outside a mosque in Banda Aceh on August 1, 2016. File photo by AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Indonesia sharia stronghold wins rare praise for rights

Sep 29, 2016 - 9:54 PM

The decision to give female civil servants 6 months maternity leave double the typical amount elsewhere in the country is an unusual move in a province routinely criticized for breaching women s rights

MATERNITY LEAVE. This picture taken on September 28, 2016 shows Yenni Linda Yanti, 35, a nurse at a government hospital in Aceh, with her newborn baby, being the first mother to benefit from the new maternity leave policy. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/ AFP

Christian woman caned in Indonesia for selling booze

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:49 PM

It was the first time someone from outside the Islamic faith has been punished under strict religious laws

CANED. Two sharia policewomen help a woman after she received a caning for breaking Islamic law during a public punishment in Banda Aceh on March 1, 2016.  FILE PHOTO BY AFP/CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Young couple among 18 caned in Indonesia

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:28 PM

A 19 year old woman and a 21 year old man were caned 8 times each after they were found spending time alone together

HARSHER PUNISHMENTS. An Acehnese women receiving lashes in front of the Al-Munawwarah Mosque in Aceh in 2010. A new bylaw means non-Muslims will also be subjected to Sharia law. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

How an ex-jihadist thinks Indonesia can deradicalize terrorists

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Ayub Abdurrahman a former jihadist warns against underestimating the Jakarta attacks as it could only be the beginning

EX-JIHADIST. Abdul Rhamna Ayub says deradicalization is effective when ex-jihadists like him speak to current radicals because they can relate to him. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

Brunei's sultan bans Christmas in hardline shift

Dec 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Most people are too scared to speak up about the ban and while some privately gripe about the rule they know there is little to be done

CONTRAST. This photo taken on December 22, 2015 shows The Dorchester hotel in central London which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei decked out with Christmas decorations, in contrast to Brunei where Christmas celebrations are banned. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Pakistan's 'war on terror' failing in fight against extremism – activists

Dec 18, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Activists say the hardened resolve against groups such as the Taliban is blunted by a willingness to tolerate and even fan the flames of extremism still bubbling beneath society s surface

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. Pakistani Christians hold a candle light vigil for the victims of Army Public School (APS) attack, during the first anniversary of attack, in Lahore, Pakistan, December 16, 2015. Phtoo by Rahat Dar/EpA

The wRap Indonesia: Aceh to cane gays, haze reaches Thailand

Oct 23, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a recommended jail term for journalists doing illegal reporting in Indonesia and up and coming women leaders in the country s tech scene

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Indonesia's Aceh to start caning gay people caught having sex

Oct 22, 2015 - 3:50 PM

Under an Islamic bylaw anal sex between men and the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation is outlawed

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi's one year in power, goals for Jokowi US trip

Oct 21, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a rare judgment by Pakistan clerics on Muslim women garb and Barcelona topping FIFA Ballon D Or shortlist

DISAPPOINTING YEAR. Analysts agree President Joko Widodo has had a disappointing first year in power. Photo by AFP

Women not required to cover faces under Sharia, say Pakistan clerics

Oct 20, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Pakistan s top religious body has said women are not required to cover their faces hands or feet under Islamic Sharia law a rare judgement from the conservative council of clerics

NOT NEEDED. Pakistan clerics say women are not required to cover their faces. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Churches demolished, wildfire kills hikers

Oct 20, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the state of the rupiah and updates on the raging forest fires

CHURCHES DESTROYED. A photo of the church destroyed in Aceh during riots on October 14. Photo by EPA

Indonesian province tears down churches after demands from Muslim hardliners

Oct 19, 2015 - 6:32 PM

Local government security officers used sledgehammers to raze two small Protestant churches and a Catholic church as Christians looked on and wept

CHURCHES DESTROYED. A photo of the church destroyed in Aceh during riots on October 14. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Missing plane found, lesbians 'rehabilitated'

Oct 06, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The wreckage of a missing plane is found lesbians in Aceh are rehabilitated and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

Suspected Indonesian lesbians forced to undergo rehabilitation

Oct 05, 2015 - 11:18 PM

The two were arrested after they were caught sitting and hugging

Transgenders arrested for cross-dressing in Indonesia

Sep 21, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Police arrested the individuals after receiving reports from residents who felt they had tainted Islamic Sharia enforcement

DEMO TRANSGENDER. Kaum transgender melakukan protes di hari peringatan Hak Asasi Manusia di Jakarta, 10 Desember 2007. Foto oleh Jurnasyanto Sukarno/EPA

Indonesian district bans unmarried couples from motorbike rides

May 04, 2015 - 5:25 PM

Unmarried people sitting closely together on a motorcycle is clearly against Islamic sharia as it could lead to sinful acts

Pasangan mengendarai motor di depan Masjid Aceh Agung di Banda Aceh, 7 Januari 2013. Aceh Utara akan melarang pasangan nonmuhrim berboncengan di atas sepeda motor. Foto oleh Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Perempuan bercelana ketat di Aceh disemprot cat

Dec 08, 2014 - 5:16 PM

Alasan kelompok Tadzkiiratul Ummah merazia pelanggar syariat Islam adalah upaya mengajak pada kebaikan dan mencegah kemungkaran di Serambi Mekah

Seorang anggota Tadzkiiratul Ummah menyemprotkan cat ke celana ketat perempuan Aceh. Foto oleh Tadzkiiratul Ummah/Facebook

Indonesia should drop ‘good’ and ‘bad’ labels on women

Dec 05, 2014 - 2:32 PM

Indonesian state institutions reinforce the labelling of women into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ by policing women’s bodies

HARSHER PUNISHMENTS. An Acehnese women receiving lashes in front of the Al-Munawwarah Mosque in Aceh in 2010. A new bylaw means non-Muslims will also be subjected to Sharia law. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Terbukti berjudi, 16 warga Aceh dicambuk

Oct 30, 2014 - 10:40 AM

Ke 16 warga melanggar Qanun tentang perjudian dengan hukuman cambuk di depan umum antara 6 hingga 12 kali

Seorang warga Banda Aceh dicambuk lima kali di halaman Masjid Agung Al Makmur, Kota Banda Aceh, (3/10). Sebanyak 16 warga di Kabupaten Pidie, Rabu (29/10), dicambuk antara enam hingga 11 kali. Foto oleh Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 29, 2014

Sep 29, 2014 - 8:28 AM

From ShameOnYouSBY to ShamedByYou two Asian Games gold medals for Indonesia Aceh s approval of caning for gay sex and more

Indonesia's Aceh approves caning for gay sex

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:03 AM

The criminalization of individuals based on their sexual orientation is a huge blow for equality in Indonesia Amnesty International says

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Aceh's strict new Sharia law applies to non-Muslims

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:23 AM

The new law imposes harsher penalties on a longer list of offenses including gay sex and applies to non Muslims

HARSHER PUNISHMENTS. An Acehnese women receiving lashes in front of the Al-Munawwarah Mosque in Aceh in 2010. A new bylaw means non-Muslims will also be subjected to Sharia law. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Delapan penjudi dicambuk di Aceh

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:51 PM

Delapan warga Aceh yang harus menjalani hukuman cambuk melayangkan protes karena mereka menilai hukum syariah hanya dijatuhkan ke rakyat biasa

PASRAH. Seorang warga Aceh yang terbukti berjudi dicambuk algojo, Jumat (19/9). Delapan warga yang melanggar qanun tentang perjudian dieksekusi cambuk di Banda Aceh sebagai bagian pelaksanaan syariat Islam. Foto oleh Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 12, 2014

Sep 12, 2014 - 9:50 AM

Mayors and district heads oppose regional election bill Jokowi considers locally made cars for his ministers 15 year jail term sought for former chairman of ruling Democratic Party and more

FACING JAIL. Anas Urbaningrum announcing his resignation as Democratic Party chairman on February 23, 2013, after being named a grat suspect. File photo by AFP

Indonesia wRap: 11 September 2014

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Mengapa Wakil Gubernur DKI Jakarta mundur dari partai politiknya tak ada mobil Mercedes Benz untuk menteri Jokowi hukuman yang lebih keras untuk pelanggar hukum syariah di Aceh dan lainnya

DIBUAT JERA. Seorang warga yang melanggar syariat Islam dicambuk oleh algojo di halaman masjid Al-Munawwarah, Aceh, 10 Desember 2010. Parlemen Aceh akan mengesahkan ‘qanun jinayat’ dengan ancaman hukuman lebih keras terhadap pelaku pelanggaran. Foto oleh Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 11, 2014

Sep 11, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Why the Jakarta deputy governor quit his political party no more Mercedes Benz cars for Jokowi s ministers harsher punishments for Islamic law violators in Aceh and more

PUBLIC FLOGGING. An Aceh resident receives lashes in a public courtyard in this 2010 file photo. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Leading Sunni scholar says jihadist caliphate violates sharia

Jul 05, 2014 - 8:01 PM

A caliphate is fundamentally a universal Islamic state ruled by a single leader with both political and religious authority

UNITY. Shia Muslim devotees take part in a demonstration calling for unity among Muslims following recent violence in Iraq. File photo by AFP/Chandan Khanna

Saudi will expel non-Muslims who disrespect Ramadan

Jun 26, 2014 - 10:25 PM

The interior ministry urges non Muslims to respect the feelings of Muslims by refraining from eating drinking or smoking in public places streets and at work

STRICT OBSERVATION. Saudis and workers pray during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations in the courtyard of a mosque Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on August 19, 2012. Eid-al Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. EPA/STR

Saudi beheads 2 for raping minors

Jun 26, 2014 - 8:48 PM

One of the criminals is guilty of kidnapping and raping a 7 year old boy before throwing him into a well and killing him

Rappler Newscast | May 9, 2014

May 09, 2014 - 7:46 PM

Ping Lacson says he will submit his list of corrupt lawmakers to the justice department Chinese fishermen face charges of environmental crime Celebrities and brands boycott the sultan of Brunei’s hotel group

Brunei sultan pushes ahead with tough sharia code

Apr 30, 2014 - 1:05 PM

UPDATED The UN s human rights office is deeply concerned about the tough Islamic criminal punishments

PSE to release list of Shariah-compliant firms

Nov 20, 2013 - 3:58 PM

The regulator wants to generate more investments from the Muslim market

MUSLIM INVESTMENTS. The local bourse is coming up with a list of Shariah-compliant firms to attract more investments from the Muslim community. AFP PHOTO

Judicial and Bar Council to have a Muslim rep

Aug 09, 2013 - 6:04 PM

The Supreme Court has approved the plea of Justice Marvic Leonen to appoint an Islamic law expert to the body that vets court nominees