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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Cruelty, as only Islam knows how

Islam, Aceh style, means you can get a hundred lashes for being gay and you can be stoned to death for adultery.

This is deemed the correct punishment by the Religion of Peace™, it seems.

Amnesty International is calling for the new bylaw to be scrapped. It’s a “local Islamic Criminal Code [that] was passed by the Aceh Provincial House of Representatives on Monday”, says the Christian think tank Ekklesia in the above-linked article, which continues:

“The new criminal bylaw flies in the face of international human rights law as well as provisions of the Indonesian constitution,” commented Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.

He added: “Stoning to death is particularly cruel and constitutes torture, which is absolutely forbidden under all circumstances in international law.”

Indonesia’s central government has indicated that the law may contravene Indonesia’s existing human rights protections under the country’s constitution. [. . .]

Some of these provisions, particularly punishment by caning, are not new in Aceh and already violate international human rights standards on cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Campaigners, says Ekklesia, are urging Aceh’s newly elected legislature, due to take office in October, to repeal the law as matter of urgent priority.

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