Indonesian province enacts anti-gay law

By |2018-01-16T05:00:02-05:00October 1st, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner

International News Briefs

The House of Representatives in Indonesia’s Aceh province has enacted a new Islamic criminal code that punishes homosexuality with up to 100 lashes, Amnesty International reported Sept. 17.
The code also bans gambling, drinking alcohol, premarital sex, adultery and fornication – punishing adultery with stoning.
“The new criminal bylaw flies in the face of international human rights law as well as provisions of the Indonesian constitution,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty’s Asia-Pacific director. “Stoning to death is particularly cruel and constitutes torture, which is absolutely forbidden under all circumstances in international law.”

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