Two people fell unconscious during public whippings in Indonesia


Two people in Aceh, Indonesia fell unconscious in separate instances from the public whipping they received as punishment handed down by a Sharia Court.

A man in East Aceh was beaten unconscious while authorities executed a punishment of 100 lashes for extra marital sex. He was taken to a hospital after the punishment was completed. His co-defendants, another man and a woman, were given the same punishment.

In a separate incident in Aceh Tamiang, local media reported that a woman sentenced to 30 lashes fell unconscious while the punishment was being carried out. Her punishment may be resumed at a later date, when she is considered healthy enough to be beaten again.

“The fact that two people were beaten unconscious today, in two separate incidents, is a damning indictment of the authorities who let this happen on their watch. These punishments are cruel, inhuman and degrading, and amount to torture.”Amnesty International Indonesia’s Executive Director, Usman Hamid, said.

“These whippings are a shameful and vicious public spectacle. No one deserves to face this unspeakable cruelty. The authorities in Aceh and Indonesia must immediately repeal the law which imposes these punishments, and bring them in line with international standards and Indonesia’s human rights obligations under its own constitution.“

In Aceh, canings are regularly carried out in public spaces drawing large crowds where people take photographs and video, which can add to the humiliation and long-term suffering of those who are subjected to this cruel punishment.

The Aceh Islamic Criminal Code was passed by the Aceh parliament (DPRA) in 2014 and came into effect throughout Aceh Province on October 23, 2015. Shari’a bylaws have been in force in Aceh since the enactment of the province’s Special Autonomy Law in 2001, and are enforced by Islamic courts. These laws in some cases provide for up to 200 lashes as punishment.

Punishable offences include consensual intimacy or sexual activity for unmarried couples, consensual sex outside marriage, same-sex sexual relations, the consumption and sale of alcohol, and gambling. Under international human rights law all forms of corporal punishment are prohibited – they violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment and often torture. (Source: Amnesty Intl.)