Rights activist group cries foul against caning decision in Aceh

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday condemned the decision of the sharia court in Banda Aceh to cane two young men for engaging in homosexual relationship, according to The Jakarta Post Online on Thursday.

The two men were found guilty of violating Qanun Jinayat, Aceh’s Islamic penal code.

In a statement released on Thursday, ICJR said the law was unfair because it stigmatized lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It added that the sentence of caning had no legal basis as Indonesia did not recognize corporal punishment.

ICJR also argued that Qanun Jinayat was problematic as a majority of the people charged with the sharia articles were not represented by lawyers.