Indonesia’s Aceh to take caning indoors after backlash

Source: Associated Press

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — 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, apparently in response to international condemnation of the caning last year of two men for gay sex that damaged Indonesia’s moderate image.

A memorandum of understanding signed by Aceh Gov. Irwandi Yusuf and Yuspahruddin, head of the provincial Law and Human Rights office, stipulates that caning can only take place inside prisons or other places of detention.

It says adults can still witness the punishment but recording won’t be allowed. The numbers of people will be much smaller than the hundreds who regularly cheered the outdoor proceedings.

“The aim of holding the caning inside prison is to prevent it from being watched by children, without cameras and hand phones,” Yusuf said after signing the memorandum, witnessed by Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly.

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2 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Progressive Islam. and commented:
    It is a good news, hopefully Indonesia government to ban old style punishing like flogging women and men.

    This kind of Islamic punishment is not relevant to our modren society, it will hurt children soul when they see it.
    Hopefully Ahmadiyyah agree to reform the old style punidhment of Islam.
    All ❤️

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