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Indonesia floggings: Aceh public punishments condemned (BBC)

Indonesia floggings: Aceh public punishments condemned (BBC)

More than 500 people have been publicly flogged in Indonesia in the past two years, a rights group says.

Human Rights Watch called on the country’s president to end the “barbaric” punishment. Aceh province is the only part of Indonesia that practices Sharia law.

This was permitted as part of a peace deal with separatists in 2006, but the law has become increasingly conservative, particularly regarding gay and extra-marital sex. Sharia police were set up to patrol streets. Read more

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