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Jakarta Post

Aceh’s sharia bylaws debase RI’s human rights record

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 24 2016   /  08:04 am

While President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has committed to improving the lives of women across the country, including by ending violence against women and girls, those who live in Aceh face an increased risk of all kinds of violence following the introduction of a discriminative Islamic Criminal Code Bylaw (Qanun Jinayat) a year ago.

The bylaw has unfairly punished women and girls following its implementation on Oct. 23, 2015. Civil society groups have called on the government to impose a moratorium on the implementation of the bylaw to create space for improvement.

The Institute for Criminal Justice (ICJR) recorded that the Aceh Sharia Council had issued sentences for 221 violations of sharia from January to September this year. Punishable acts according to the Qanun Jinayat include drinking liquor, khalwat (affectionate contact between unmarried couples), liwat (homosexual...