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Activists condemn sentence of caning for gay couple in Aceh

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, May 18, 2017 | 12:52 pm
Activists condemn sentence of caning for gay couple in Aceh MH, 24, and MH, 20, are escorted by the police as they leave the Banda Aceh Sharia Court. (JP/Hotli Simanjuntak)

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) has condemned the decision of a sharia court in Banda Aceh to sentence a 24-year-old man from Langkat, North Sumatra, and a 20-year-old man from Bireun Regency, Aceh, to 85 lashes for engaging in a homosexual relationship.

The two men, identified only by their initials MT and MH, were found guilty of violating Qanun Jinayat, the province’s Islamic penal code.

In a statement released on Thursday, the ICJR said the law was unfair because it stigmatized Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

"This law violates privacy rights. It also triggers homophobia in society," the group said.

The sentence of caning, ICJR commented, had no legal basis as Indonesia did not recognize corporal punishment.

"Caning is inhumane and demeaning,” the group said.

They further argued that Qanun Jinayat was problematic as a majority of people charged with the sharia articles were not represented by lawyers. (ary/rdi)

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