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Aceh Lashes Unwed Couples and Prostitutes In What Could Be Its Last Public Caning

Aceh province caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds on Friday, April...

Aceh to Move Public Caning Indoors

The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh will no longer conduct the Shariah punishment of caning in public, its governor said Thursday. The displays had become...

Four Men Face 100 Lashes in Aceh For Alleged Gay Sex

Rights activists called on Tuesday for Aceh province to release four people detained on suspicion of having homosexual sex, amid concerns over the persecution of the...

Aceh Province Considers Beheading as Murder Punishment

The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for murder, a top Islamic law official has said. The province...

Transgender Women Forced to Look and Act Like Men by Authorities in Aceh

A group of transgender women in Aceh had their hair forcibly cut by the local police, who also made them put on male clothing and speak in masculine voices. The 12...

Non-Muslim Man Caned in Aceh for Selling Liquor

A non-Muslim man was caned under the Islamic law on Friday for selling alcoholic drinks, after he chose the public caning over a prison sentence as the punishment for...

Four Stranded Whales in Aceh Die of Injuries and Exhaustion

Four of the ten sperm whales that became stranded on Aceh’s Ujong Kareng Beach have died of injuries and exhaustion, according to local fisheries officials. Despite...

More than 530 Sharia Offenders Publicly Flogged in Aceh since 2015

Since Aceh enacted a new Islamic criminal code in October 2015, more than 530 people have been publicly flogged, including hundreds of men and women punished for...

Woman Taken to Hospital After Being Lashed for Adultery in Aceh

A woman in Aceh has sought hospital treatment after being publicly caned as a sharia court punishment for the crime of adultery. The court in Aceh, the only Indonesian...

Aceh Canings To Be Conducted In Private

Public caning punishments in the North Sumatra province of Aceh, which practices Sharia law, has long been controversial courting international condemnation, now...

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Aceh Earthquake Cripples Education, Raises Major Concern

Disaster aid groups have raised their concern over the Aceh earthquake last December 7 that damaged several schools, which they fear will cripple the children’s...

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Jokowi Orders Fast Distribution of Financial Aid to Aceh

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has been ordered by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to immediately distribute aid allocated for the victims of the...

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At Least 97 Dead, Dozens Missing After Quake Hits Indonesia’s Aceh

A strong undersea earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early Wednesday, December 7, killing at least 97 people, destroying...

Politician’s Car Explodes, Kills Two In Aceh

A politician’s car exploded in Aceh, killing two and leaving five others seriously injured. The car owner’s wife is reportedly behind the bombing. On Saturday, a...