Sunday, May 22, 2011

As Indonesia takes seat on Human Rights Council, Amnesty urges caning repeal in Shari'a law enclave Aceh

Sharia law official whips a man convicted of unlawful contact between unmarried man and woman with a rattan stick during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, April 8, 2011.

A version of Islamic law was introduced in the province in 2001 as part of negotiations to end the 29-year war between separatist rebels and the military. The law bans gambling, drinking alcohol and makes it compulsory for women to wear headscarves.

The Aceh legislative council also introduced stoning, but it was never fully enacted. Not because the administration disagreed with it ~ it was more to do with whether there would be enough witnesses [count 4 for the men] and the standing of those witnesses in any case involving adultery.

Wild Islam!!

Its a culture of fear ~ for example they also called for stoning in the Maldives. It is a massive problem with Islam ~ you can have skyscrapers and across the way people are getting stoned. Under the climate of fear ~ it shows you how easily ~ people can be persuaded to go back to the 7th century ~ it is a revolving loop that Muslims want the rest of the world to join in with.

Eye on Fear in Islam

To look at the religion ~ we have to look at the fear aspect, if one is forced to say that they are a 'good Muslim' ~ what they are actually saying is that they should not be attacked ~ that they should not be killed ~ there is no such similar comparison for saying, you are a 'good Christian.' And conversely the language of calling a Muslim person 'a non-Muslim' ~ is at its worst, a death threat ~ and in normal Islamic society function ~ the majority will turn their heads while this person is attacked, meted out some form of punishment or killed. What all others in the world see as violent ~ is a part of the normal framework of the Islamic religion and society.

JAKARTA - RIGHTS group Amnesty International on Sunday hit out at the use of caning in Indonesia's Aceh province, two days after the country secured a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council.

Amnesty urged Jakarta to repeal a by-law used by the partially-autonomous province to openly cane at least 21 men for gambling this month.

"It seems that Aceh's authorities are increasingly resorting to public caning in violation of international law," Amnesty's Asia-Pacific director Sam Zarifi said in a statement.

"The Indonesian government must act to stop these punishments, which constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and often amount to torture."

Sixteen people were reportedly caned in Aceh last year, the statement said.

Amnesty said caning violates the UN Convention against Torture, which Indonesia ratified in 1998, and urged central government to review the by-law to conform with international and national human rights law and standards.

Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, adopted partial sharia law in 2001 as part of an autonomy package aimed at quelling separatist sentiment.

Caning carried out there is mainly aimed at causing shame rather than injury.

Nearly 90 per cent of Indonesia's 234 million people are Muslims, but the vast majority practise a moderate form of Islam.

Indonesia was among 15 new nations to secure seats Friday on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council following a vote at the UN General Assembly. -- AFP

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