Indonesia: Criminalization of consensual intimacy or sexual activity for unmarried couples in Aceh must end

Index Number: ASA 21/5039/2016

Amnesty International and the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) are seriously concerned about the Aceh Islamic Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayat), which came into effect in the province a year ago. The code criminalizes consensual sexual relations and extends the use of caning as a punishment. Our organizations call on the Indonesian authorities to adhere to their international human rights obligations to end the use of caning as a form of punishment, as well as repeal the provisions of the Aceh Islamic Criminal Code that violate international law.

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