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Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, A/HRC/14/22/Add.1, 2 June 2010: Indonesia


Urgent appeal

159. On 2 October 2009 the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, jointly with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief sent an urgent appeal to the Government regarding the adoption of the new Islamic Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayah) in Aceh.

160. According to the information received, on 14 September 2009, the Aceh Legislative Council adopted a new Islamic Criminal Code which imposed severe sentences for consensual extra-marital sexual relations, rape, homosexuality, alcohol consumption and gambling. Among other sanctions, the Code imposed the punishment of stoning to death for adultery; 100 cane lashes for sexual intercourse outside marriage; between 100 and 300 cane lashes or imprisonment for rape; and 100 lashes for homosexuality.

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