Monday, October 12, 2009

Indonesia: New Aceh Law Imposes Torture

Law Violates Basic Rights, Fails to Protect Victims of Sexual Violence

Human Rights Watch, October 11, 2009

Stoning and flogging constitute torture in any circumstances. Imposing these draconian punishments on private, consensual conduct means the government can dictate people’s intimate lives.

said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – A new criminal bylaw passed by the provincial parliament of Aceh imposes torture, violates basic rights to privacy, and fails to protect victims of sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the Indonesian government to review and reject all provisions relating to the death penalty, stoning, and flogging, and called on the Ministry of Home Affairs to overturn the law immediately.

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