John M. Becker

Indonesia's Aceh Province May Punish Gay Sex With 100 Lashes

Filed By John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Aceh, caning, corporal punishment, Indonesia, Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, sharia, Sharia law, sodomy law

sharia-caning-indonesia.jpgOfficials in Indonesia's Aceh province are considering a law that would punish gay sex with 100 lashes of the cane. It is part of the province's slow implementation of sharia (Islamic) law, Agence France-Presse reports:

Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights. Aceh is the only part of the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation to enforce Islamic sharia law and has been slowly implementing it since 2001, when it gained some powers of autonomy.

A draft bylaw sent to AFP on Saturday outlaws anal sex between men and "the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation", and for the first time applies Islamic laws and punishments to non-Muslims. The bylaw also punishes adultery with 100 lashes of the cane.

Amnesty International says that caning violates international laws on torture and Indonesia's own constitution, but provincial officials aren't backing down:

Aceh Party's Ramli Sulaiman, who heads the commission that drafted the law, said the majority of members in the parliament appeared to support the draft and that it could be passed as early as Monday. "We have studied the implementation of sharia in countries like Saudi Arabia, Brunei Darussalam and Jordan to draft this law and we are happy with it," he said.

Believe it or not, an earlier version of the law was even worse: in 2009, the Aceh parliament passed a law that punished adultery with death by stoning. It was later overturned by the provincial governor after an international outcry.

Photo credit: AP/Heri Juanda.

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