Aceh to Legalize Stoning

Qanun Jinayat and Qanun Jinayat Code contain several rules on Islamic Sharia in Aceh.

Jum'at, 11 September 2009, 09:30 Elin Yunita Kristanti

VIVAnews - Aceh House of Representatives (DPRA) will soon legalize Qanun (law) on Jinayat (crimes).

Qanun Jinayat and Qanun Jinayat Code contain several rules on Islamic Sharia in Aceh. The regulations also include a number of punishments including hand-cutting for thieves and stoning against adulterers who are married.

Aceh civil activists ask the legislative and local officials not to be hasty in passing the laws. The plan to ratify the regulations is considered rash and filled with political agenda.

“Qanun Jinayah and the (Qanun Jinayat) code are badly prepared. (They) should be further analyzed in the first place, “ Aceh Human Rights NGO Director, Evinarti Zein, said in a written statement received by VIVAnews on Thursday, September 10.

Zein also said Qanun draft bill has never been campaigned, which makes it seems to be forced by the House. She also thought the draft bill is far different from the Islamic penal law.

“The Board hasn't seriously worked on Qanun and it will be hard for the law enforcers to enforce Islamic Shari'a if [we] haven't fully adopted Islamic laws,” Zein said.

Although it sets out punishments for thefts and adulterers behaviors, it does not oversee any rules on burglary, corruption and murder. The activists predict the laws would only be enforced to the lower-class society.

"This Qanun is only aimed at lower-class community basing its reason on the issue that any regulation not attached in the Qanun Jinayat will be stipulated by the Penal Code. Therefore, the legalization should be delayed," said Evinarti.

Meanwhile, as reported by the Malaysian Insider, former President Abdurrahman Wahid, who encouraged the implementation of Shari'a in Aceh a few years ago, once said that the punishments should not include stoning or body part-cutting because it would violate human rights and Indonesian Penal Code.


Coverage: Muhammad Riza | Banda Aceh
Translated by: Nataya Ermanti

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