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Indonesia: New law allows caning of gays

Sat 19 Sep 2009 In: International News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Amnesty International has demanded that Indonesia repeal a new bylaw which allows homosexuals to be punished with up to 100 lashes of the cane and over eight years in prison. The planned law also endorses stoning people to death for adultery. The local Islamic Criminal Code was passed by the Aceh Provincial House of Representatives on Monday, reports It includes punishments for alcohol consumption, gambling, liaisons between unmarried couples, adultery, fornication, and homosexuality. Amnesty International it is deeply concerned by the law, which comes into effect next month. "The new criminal bylaw flies in the face of international human rights law as well as provisions of the Indonesian constitution," said Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific director Sam Zarifi. Amnesty International also voiced its concern about the reported killing of an estimated 25 young gay men in Iraq back in April.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Saturday, 19th September 2009 - 10:20am

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