Aceh region bans unmarried couples at same table in cafes

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) |A district in Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province has banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops, an official said Wednesday.

The head of Bireuen district’s Islamic affairs office, Jufliwan, said the measure also forbids restaurants, cafes and coffee shops from serving female customers after 9 p.m. if they are not accompanied by their husbands, fathers, brothers, or other close relatives.

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2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) – Two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times May 23 for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world’s most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as “medieval torture.”

More than a thousand people packed the courtyard of a mosque to witness the caning, which was the first time that Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practice Shariah law, has caned people for homosexuality.

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Indonesian Shariah court sentences gay couple to 85 lashes

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) – An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country’s moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy.

The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, said the men, aged 20 and 23, would each receive 85 lashes for having sexual relations. One of the men wept as his sentence was read out and pleaded for leniency.

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Gay men in Indonesia’s Aceh province face 100 lashes

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Sharia police in Indonesia’s Aceh province on March 29 arrested two men for having sex.

The men, aged 23 and 30, will each receive 100 lashes under sharia law.

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Law punishing gay sex with caning takes effect in Indonesia

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A law that makes gay sex punishable by public caning has taken effect in a conservative Indonesian province.

The law took effect in Aceh province on Oct. 23. It says anyone caught having homosexual sex can face up to 100 strokes of a cane, a fine of up to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold (about $37,400) and imprisonment of up to 100 months. Adulterers are also subject to 100 lashes of a cane, but not to the fine or imprisonment.

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