aceh province


Two gay people are to be whipped and get 80 lashes under Islamic law in Indonesia.

The pair face 80 lashes of the whip or cane under Indonesia’s barbaric Islamic Sharia law.

The couple’s only crime was showing their love for each other in the privacy of their own home.

It’s not a story you’ll hear or read in the left wing media, but it’s still important news, especially considering the number of Australian tourists visiting Indonesia each year.

Human Rights Watch has called for the couples immediate release saying the punishment sought by prosecutors constitutes torture under international law.

The incident is part of a growing crackdown on the LGBT community by ruthless muslim vigilantes in Aceh province – the same region when Christians were being butchered and murdered by Islamic radicals on a nightly basis before the Boxing day Tsunami wiped out much the region’s infrastructure.

Homophobic attacks and gay bashing police raids in Indonesia have dramatically increased over the last 18 months – raising alarm – but little real action at the United Nations.


CIA, pandas, Manchester and more — it happened today: May 23 in pictures

Former CIA Director John Brennan is reflected in a table as he prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force; twin panda cubs, born on April 24 in captivity, are pictured in an incubator at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province, China; Susan Walton and daughter Katie, 10 (pictured), who attended the concert of Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, are seen in Manchester, Britain; Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire towards Islamic State militants during a battle in Qairawan, west of Mosul, Iraq; an Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia; a message is written on the pavement in Manchester, England, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

Photo credits: Martinez Monsivais/AP, China Daily/Reuters, Nigel Roddis/EPA, Stringer/Reuters, Beawiharta/Reuters, Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

See more photos of the day and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.

hibernianbok  asked:

Hiya! Sorry about being a wee bit late, but here's my question!: What are the cultural differences between all of the islands? Are there any that stand out to you? Okey donkey! Thanks you!

This is for @aphaskevent! Thanks for the question! Sorry this is late orz

Okay, all of the islands is a stretch; the cultures can be different even within one island; more so if said island is huge and the terrain is difficult to pass through. We have more than 17k+ island so… I’m shivering just from thinking about all the differences…

[ ethnic groups map in indonesia, source ]

[ linguistic map in Indonesia and surrounding areas; check source for detailed info ]

There are approximately 300 ethnic groups and 740 languages spoken in Indonesia. The differences show up from food, daily habits, and perhaps the most striking in architecture. Every traditional houses (each province has one) are built following the local climate and geography. You can check 35 different houses here (the site is Indonesian, but there are good pictures). Generally, the kitchen and bathroom are separated from the main house.

I only feature five houses from the five large islands here.

Krong Bade house, Aceh Province. Source.

Sumatran houses are generally built on tall slits, like many Southeast Asian houses, to store animals and avoid flood in swamp areas.

Joglo style house, commonly found in Java. Source.

This style is characterized by the wide opening, sometimes without walls if it’s an addition to the main house.

Betang traditional house, built by the Dayak people of Kalimantan/Indonesian Borneo. Source.

Tambi houses from Bada Valley, Central Sulawesi. Source.

Korowai Tribe’s treehouse. Source.

If you want to know further about a certain culture, do send me an ask/message!
141 Men Arrested at an Alleged Gay Sauna Party In Indonesia

[May 22]

“Indonesian authorities have arrested 141 men at a sauna in Jakarta for allegedly taking part in a gay sex party. It is the latest crackdown on homosexuality, which is not illegal in the country (except for in Aceh Province), but has routinely been the target of police raids and vigilantes.

Authorities raided the party, which was being promoted as "The Wild One,” at a sauna and gym venue on Sunday evening, the Guardian reports. Police said the attendees, which include a British national and Singaporean, paid $14 dollars to attend the event, BBC reports.

A police spokesman said the men could be charged under the country’s harsh anti-pornography laws, which are used to punish a broad range of sexual behavior. The arrests come after two men were sentenced to be publicly flogged in the conservative Aceh Province. In April, about 14 men were arrested during a gathering at a hotel and were forced to undergo HIV tests.

While the predominately Muslim country is a secular state, strong religious and social taboos against homosexuality have prompted the LGBT community to shy away from the public eye.“

INDONESIA, BAYEUN : In this picture taken on May 22, 2015, Rohingya women and children register at a confinement area for migrants at Bayeun, Aceh province, after more than 400 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the waters of the province on May 20. The widespread persecution of the impoverished community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is one of the primary causes for the current regional exodus, alongside growing numbers trying to escape poverty in neighbouring Bangladesh. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD                        

Why Is Much of Indonesia Muslim?

The short answer: trade in the Indian Ocean with Muslim traders.

The long answer: Spices, historically, have been immensely valuable. And where could one obtain spices? India and Indonesia. So trade around the Indian Ocean went to both places, then back to the Middle East and Africa. Eventually, the Europeans joined, adding another arm to the spice trade. The Indian Ocean trade system was usually conducted like a relay, similar to the Spice Route. So Indians would sail to Java, buy spices, and return to Gujarat. Muslim traders from what is today Saudi Arabia or Kenya would said to Gujarat, buy the spices, and bring it back. From their home cities, they would sell the spices on to the next link in the chain. Indonesia was visited by Muslim merchants at least by the 1200s; many settled down and married locals while continuing to work in Indian Ocean trade. Slowly, Indonesians began converting. The earliest archaeological evidence of local converts to Islam (from gravestones) dates to 1211. And there is some evidence that some Indonesians converted for economic gain: to get better deals out of Muslim traders.

By 1500, there was even a Muslim sultanate, the Aceh Sultanate, which was based in the tip of modern-day Sumatra, in today’s Aceh province of Indonesia. They were a powerful, trade-based kingdom which battled with the Portuguese for control of the Malaccan Strait. The Aceh Sultanate was called the “porch of Mecca,” and became a center of Islamic scholarship, where the Qur'an and other Islamic texts were translated into Malay. The existance of this culturally and militarily powerful state encouraged even more Indonesians to convert.


While the United States fights over who should be able to marry, it is easy to forget just how far we have come on the topic of homosexuality. What if a state decided tomorrow that gay sex should be punishable by 100 lashes of a cane?

That is what the province of Aceh, Indonesia legalized Saturday when a new bill passed Parliament unanimously. The bill states that anal sex between two men or the rubbing of body parts between two women for sexual pleasure is punishable by caning, a sentence also applied to those convicted of consuming alcohol, adultery, gambling, skipping Friday prayers, and women who wear tight clothing. In 2006 when the government allowed Sharia Law to be introduced to Aceh alone as part of a peace agreement, punishments for breaking Islamic law only applied to Muslims, but the new law applies to all, including non-Muslims. Indonesia as a whole does not criminalize gay sex or homosexuality, but has no protective laws for the LGBTQ community. Homosexuals are even considered “mentally handicapped” in Jakarta. Indonesia also does not allow marriage or adoption for same-sex couples. Indonesia cannot strike down the law federally but Aceh can reconsider the law, something human rights activists are calling for immediately. While the homosexual community is still very oppressed in Indonesia, activists are becoming more vocal which brings hope amid such despicable legislation.

On a broader scale, In 70-80 countries, it is illegal to be gay or have gay relations and is punishable by fines, prison time, physical punishment or hard labour. In at least 10 countries, such activity is punishable by death.

*PLEASE NOTE: Not all Muslims are against homosexuality, just as with Christianity, the religion is interpreted different ways, some more extreme and radical than others.

A 20-year old Muslim woman gets caned after being caught in close proximity with her boyfriend in Banda Aceh on October 31, 2016. Aceh is the only province in the predominantly Muslim country that applies sharia law, and public canings for breaches of Islamic code happen on a regular basis and often attract huge crowds. (Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP Photo)

The call of the sea… Captive bred baby sea turtles are released and immediately paddle off over the sand towards the sea, Ujong Pancu, Aceh Besar, in Aceh province, Indonesia. Local environmental activists have established a breeding programme, in response to the number of sea turtle eggs that are being stolen by poachers. 
Indonesia is situated at a point where several important migration routes converge. The Pacific and Indian Oceans are home to six out of seven of the world’s sea turtle species. Photo taken on March 15th 2016. Credit: AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin

INDONESIA, KUALA LANGSA : A Rohingya child from Myanmar walks near a pile of donated clothes in the new confinement area in the fishing town of Kuala Langsa in Aceh province on May 16, 2015 where hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh mostly Rohingyas are taking shelter after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen. Washington raised the pressure on Southeast Asia to open its ports to boatpeople May 16 after migrants described a terrifying battle for survival between Rohingya and Bangladeshi passengers as their shunned vessel sank off Indonesia.   AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD                        

Punk vs. Sharia

Indonesia’s punk scene is one of the biggest and most vibrant in the world. It’s a place where the country’s silenced youth can revolt against endemic corruption, social conventions, and their strict families. But in the world’s largest Islamic nation, political authorities and religious fundamentalists persecute this rebellious youth movement.

Nowhere is the anti-punk sentiment stronger than in Aceh—Indonesia’s only Sharia province—where 65 punks were arrested and detained at an Islamic moral training camp in which they had their heads shaved and clothes burnt. We traveled to North Sumatra to track down the last punks in Aceh, who still live under constant threat from the Sharia police.



Punk Rock vs Sharia Law - Music World - Episode 5

Indonesia’s punk scene is one of the world’s biggest and most vibrant. It’s a place where the country’s silenced youth can revolt against endemic corruption, social conventions and their strict families. But in the world’s largest Islamic nation, political authorities and religious fundamentalists persecute this rebellious youth movement. Nowhere is the anti-punk sentiment stronger than in Aceh, Indonesia’s only Sharia province, where 65 punks were arrested and detained at an Islamic moral training camp in which they had their heads shaved and clothes burnt. We travelled to North Sumatra to track down the last punks in Aceh, who still live under constant threat from the sharia police.

INDONESIA, Bayuen : In this picture taken on May 21, 2015, a Rohingya boy © from Myanmar is photographed during police identification procedures at a newly set up confinement area in Bayeun, Aceh province after more than 400 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the waters of the province on May 20. Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter – although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard of. There was some confusion over an offer from the impoverished West African nation of Gambia to take in all Rohingya migrants as part of its “sacred duty” to alleviate the suffering of fellow Muslims.  AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

INDONESIA, Gayo Lues : A traditional Saman dance is performed by 5,057 male children and elders belonging to the ethnic Gayo tribe during a ceremony in Gayo Lues highland district in Indonesia’s Aceh province on November 24, 2014. The traditional mass dance involving rythmic, syncronized and alternating expressive movement of hands including the upper body without breaking the tight kneeling line formation as they sing verses incorporating religious messages in Gayo language has been categorized in 2011 by United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding. AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

Indonesia cave reveals history of ancient tsunamis

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia’s massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating up to 7,500 years ago, a rare natural record that suggests the next disaster could be centuries away — or perhaps only decades.

The findings provide the longest and most detailed timeline for tsunamis that have occurred off the far western tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. That’s where 100-foot (30-meter) waves triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, killed 230,000 people in several countries, more than half of them in Indonesia.

The limestone cave, located within a couple hundred yards (meters) of the coast near Banda Aceh, is about 3 feet (1 meter) above knee-high tide and protected from storms and wind. Read more.

INDONESIA, LANGSA : A rescued Myanmar migrant carries a child to receive medical treatment in Langsa on May 18, 2015. Nearly 3,000 migrants, Myanmar Rohingya and Bangladeshis, have swum to shore or been rescued off Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand over the past week, around half of whom have arrived in Indonesia’s western province of Aceh.  AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA                        

INDONESIA, Bayuen : A Rohingya girl from Myanmar holds her younger sibling at a newly set up confinement area at Bayeun, Aceh province on May 21, 2015 after more than 400 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the waters of the province on May 20. Malaysia ordered search and rescue missions May 21 for thousands of boatpeople stranded at sea, as Myanmar prepared talks with US and Southeast Asian envoys on the migrant exodus from its shores. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD                        

INDONESIA, Banda Aceh : Aceh students with their bodies coated in mud roll a globe symbolizing the Earth during an Earth Day celebration in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on April 22, 2014. The protesters were demanding the protection and preservation of Indonesia’s forests that are rapidly being converted in palm oil and agricultural plantations threatening the survival of endangered species. AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

INDONESIA, Kuala Cangkoi : Rescued migrants, mostly Rohingyas from Myanmar and Bangladesh, are transported by police trucks to the fishing town of Kuala Cangkoi in Aceh province on May 13, 2015, after the migrants numbering nearly 600 were relocated by Indonesian authorities from a government sports stadium. Malaysia joined Indonesia on May 13 in vowing to turn back vessels bearing a wave of migrants, drawing warnings that the hardline policy could be a death sentence for boatloads of people at risk of starvation and disease. AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN