Showing posts with label Sharia Law. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sharia Law. Show all posts

March 29, 2019

Muslim Brunei Again, Makes Gay Sex Punishable by Stoning To Death

Source: Time Magazine | Sultan of Brunei

Brunei has announced that the punishment for gay sex and adultery from April 3 onwards will include death by stoning, as the country moves forward with its implementation of Sharia law.
Other harsh punishments, like amputation of a hand or foot for theft, will also be put in place, according to the Guardian.
“To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,” Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement to the Guardian.
Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei, but had previously been punishable by prison, according to the Guardian. The death penalty will reportedly apply to only Muslims for homosexual sex.
The majority Muslim Southeast Asian nation introduced Sharia law in 2014 but has been slow to enact new rules given harsh international criticism.

Revulsion as Brunei gets Ready to bring this Sharia Law of stoning to gays
Amnesty International slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights group called "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft.
Amnesty said in a statement that the new penalties, which also apply to children, are provided for in new sections under Brunei's Sharia Penal Code and will come into effect April 3.
The legal changes were announced in a discreet notice on the attorney general's website, it said.
"To legalise such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself," said Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei researcher at Amnesty International.
She said some of the potential offences "should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender".
"Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments and revise its penal code in compliance with its human rights obligations," Chhoa-Howard said.
"The international community must urgently condemn Brunei's move to put these cruel penalties into practice."
Brunei's sultan instituted the Sharia Penal Code in 2014 to bolster the influence of Islam in the tiny, oil-rich monarchy, which has long been known for conservative policies such as banning the public sale of liquor.
The first stage of the law included fines or jail for offences such as pregnancy out of wedlock or failing to pray on Friday.
Amnesty labelled the Penal Code as a "deeply flawed piece of legislation" with a range of provisions that violate human rights.
There has been no vocal opposition to the law in Brunei, where Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah rules as head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in Brunei.
The Sultan, who has reigned since 1967, has previously said the Shariah Penal Code should be regarded as a form of "special guidance" from God and would be "part of the great history" of Brunei.
Under secular laws, Brunei already prescribes caning as a penalty for crimes including immigration offenses, for which convicts can be flogged with a rattan cane.

April 12, 2017

Vigilantes Break intoGay Couple’s House While TheyR Having Sex

This incident on the tape happened a few years ago but we have obtained evidence of how these so called sex police raids  happen. They will watch and then break into a private person’s home and then report them to the police after usually being assaulted followed by arrest. These two men in the video were charged, arrested and sentenced under a part of Sharia law. It is time that we shame these vigilantes and kangaroo courts for what they are doing and thanks to technology show them and ask what makes this acceptable in a society?  It wasn’t right during the dark ages and is not alright today on the 21 century.

WARNING: Graphic content

The young man is hunched down in the corner on the floor - naked, his knees attempting to cover his manhood. He's covering his face, while being filmed, appearing to plead for mercy.

Another young man, wearing just shorts, is pushed into the same corner.

"Brother, please help, please help, please help us," the man being filmed says.
As he pleads, he is slapped, kicked and insulted.

"Brother we got busted having sex. Brother please don't report me."

One of the captors replied: "You are a man, why do you look like this?" 
Footage has emerged of the moment a group of men, described as "vigilantes", raid a boarding house in Indonesia who laugh as they assault the two men and called them "dogs".

The couple, aged 21 and 23, were filmed on March 28 in the province of Banda Aceh as the men detained the pair for breaching the country's strict religious laws. They were reported to police the next day.

The footage, circulated online, shows the gang raid the house and find the couple in bed.

The gang who raided the home were neighbours of the couple who had become suspicious, a spokesman for Aceh's sharia police Marzuki Ali told the ABC

"The case has been sent to the sharia court of Aceh... It involves sodomy which can be punished by 100 lashes," he told Reuters.

According to the Bangkok Post, the neighbours had spotted them being intimate with each other regularly and had "set out to catch them" having sex.

Sharia police later arrested the men who admitted being in a relationship and having had sex three times, said the spokesman.

"Obviously it's not easy to catch a couple involved in a sexual act ... This is the first case ever in Aceh," Andreas Harsono, from the group Human Rights Watch, told the ABC.

In 2007, a gay couple in the same province were caught in a similar, brutal way, according to Amnesty International.

On 22 January 2007 two gay men were reportedly beaten, kicked and verbally abused by neighbours and then were arbitrarily detained by the police.

"Tomy and his partner were then forced to go outside where they were confronted with a group of 10-15 people who kicked and beat them, using homophobic language such as: 'You outsiders slander us; you soil our place with your filthy tricks!'

"Tomy became the focus of their assault because he tried to protect his partner.

"The sarong that his partner was wearing was used to tie them together and they were then made to squat on the ground, while their attackers deliberated on what to do next.

"Tomy claims that around six or seven police officers beat him in the stomach, legs and feet. "The police also allegedly forced him and his partner to strip naked and perform oral sex and other sex acts in front of them. At one point, a police officer allegedly pushed his rifle against Tomy's anus.

"Tomy and his partner were then taken outside into a courtyard and were made to squat on the ground in their underwear. Police officers sprayed them with cold water from a hosepipe for around 15 minutes. When his partner asked for permission to go to the toilet, a police officer allegedly forced him to urinate on Tomy's head."

Aceh is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country which implements sharia law. People caught gambling and drinking alcohol have for some years been punished with public canings.

Under a local law that came into force in 2015, people can also be punished for having gay sex with up to 100 strokes of the cane.

The recently arrested men - whose identities have not been released - will be the first to be caned for breaking the regulation if the punishment goes ahead.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia but the country's Consitutional Court is considering to recriminalise sex outside of marriage and gay sex.

But it's not just homosexuals who face Indonesia's growing religious conservative movement; last year an incredible 339 people were whipped in Aceh for crimes ranging from gambling to drinking.

Last year a 20-year-old woman was publicly caned for standing too close to her boyfriend. Accused of breaking Islamic sharia law, which forbids couples to become intimate, she was the 14th person to be flogged in her province.

The arrests in the western province sparked outrage among rights activists, with Human Rights Watch demanding the men's release and warning that they face "public torture for the 'crime' of their alleged sexual orientation".

"The arrest and detention of these two men underscores the abuse embedded in Aceh's discriminatory, anti-LGBT ordinances," said Phelim Kine, the group's deputy Asia director.

Gay sex is not illegal in the rest of Indonesia, which mainly follows a criminal code inherited from former colonial ruler the Netherlands.

However there was a backlash against the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community last year with government ministers publicly making anti-gay statements.

Aceh, on Sumatra island, began implementing sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an attempt by the central government to quell a long-running separatist insurgency.

Islamic laws have been strengthened since the province struck a peace deal with Jakarta in 2005.

- Additional reporting by AFP

April 8, 2017

2 Men in Indonesia Face 100 Cane Strokes for Having Gay sex

Two men in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province each face up to 100 strokes of the cane after neighbors reported them to Islamic religious police for having gay sex.

Marzuki, the Shariah police’s chief investigator, said Saturday that if found guilty, the men will be the first to be caned for gay sex under a new code implemented two years ago.

Residents in a neighborhood of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, reported the men, aged 23 and 20, to police on March 29, said Marzuki, who goes by a single name.

He said the men had “confessed” to being a gay couple and that this was supported by video footage taken by a resident that has been circulating online. It shows one of the men naked and visibly distressed as he apparently calls for help on his cellphone. 

The second man is repeatedly pushed by another man who is preventing the couple from leaving the room. Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia to practice Shariah law, which was a concession made by the national government in 2006 to end a yearslong war with separatists.

A Shariah code implemented two years ago allows up to 100 lashes for morality offenses including gay sex. Caning is also a punishment for adultery, gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers.

Marzuki said residents in Banda Aceh’s Rukoh neighborhood were suspicious of the two men because they often seemed to be intimate, and had set out to catch them having sex.

“Based on our investigation, testimony of witnesses and evidence, we can prove that they violated Islamic Shariah law and we can take them to court,” Marzuki said.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but a judicial review being considered by the Constitutional Court is seeking to criminalize sex outside marriage and sex between people of the same gender.

December 29, 2014

Sharia law Forces LGBT to hide in Indonesia

 The fingernails of a transgender person are seen as she applies nail polish at her office in Banda Aceh, December 25, 2014. 

Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the sharia police would raid them at any moment.

Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh had weeks earlier passed an anti-homosexuality law that punishes anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes. Amnesty International criticized it, saying it would add to a climate of homophobia and fear.

"We are more afraid, of course," said a 31-year-old transgender person who, along with three other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group, Violet Grey, burned the pamphlets, group records and other papers.

"As an institution, Violet Grey went as far as removing all documents related to LGBT. We burned them all," said the group member, who declined to be identified out of fear of being arrested.

The province's tight-knit gay community, estimated by some at about 1,000 people, has become increasingly marginalized since Aceh was allowed to adopt Islamic sharia law as its legal code.

Aceh was granted special regional autonomy as part of a 2005 peace agreement ending a three-decade old separatist insurgency.

After the anti-homosexuality law was passed in September, Violet Grey began warning its 47 members to keep a lower profile and for gay and transgender people to avoid going out together as couples in public.

No one has been arrested under the law, which Aceh officials say will not be enforced until the end of 2015 to allow residents time to prepare for it. But this has not eased the fear in the gay community. 

Even before the law, life was not easy for gay people in the most religiously conservative part of Indonesia, the north of Sumatra island where Islam first arrived in the archipelago.

The gay community is a target of regular harassment from sharia police and residents. Transgender people are particularly vulnerable because of the difficulty of concealing themselves in public.

In 2011, a transgender make-up artist was stabbed to death in Banda Aceh after she held up a stick in response to a man's taunts.


Aceh authorities defend the law, saying it does not violate human rights because gay people are free to live together but just can not have sex.

The law also sets out punishment for various acts apart from gay sex including unmarried people engaging in displays of affection, adultery and underage sex. 

"It is forbidden because in the sharia context, the act is vile," Syahrizal Abbas, the head of Aceh's sharia department, which drew up the law, told Reuters. 

"It brings unhealthy psychological impact to human development, and it will affect the community."

Outside Aceh, Indonesia is generally tolerant of gay people, particularly in urban areas like Jakarta.

Engaging in homosexual acts is not a crime under Indonesia's national criminal code but remains taboo in many conservative parts of the country, which has the world's largest Muslim population. 

Gay rights groups fear other conservative provinces, such as South Sumatra and East Java could follow Aceh's lead if Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, does not step in and overturn the law. 

Widodo's administration is reviewing the law to see whether it violates human rights but it can only request changes and cannot overturn it, said Teguh Setyabudi, the home ministry's head of regional autonomy.

The Violet Grey member hopes the law will eventually be overturned so she can walk home without watching her back in fear.

"Being like this is our fate, not a choice," she said.

"What makes people wearing a jilbab and peci feel so righteous that they can condemn other people as sinful?" she asked, referring to a woman’s veil and a traditional Muslim cap worn by men.
(Reuters) - 

(Additional reporting by Reza Munawir in Banda Aceh; Editing by Randy Fabi and Robert Birsel)

May 10, 2014

Mother and Uncle Ordered Extradited for Honor Killing in India

B.C. judge orders mother, uncle extradited to India in 'honour killing'

On June 8, 2000, Jassi Sidhu and Mithu Singh Sidhu were attacked in India by a group of men, with Mithu being badly beaten and Jassi abducted. Her body was found the next day, her throat slit.

Photograph by: Submitted , for the TIMES 

VANCOUVER - A mother and uncle accused in the so-called “honour" killing of a young British Columbia woman have been ordered turned over to police in India to face trial for her murder.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge recounted the tragic details of Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu's life and death on Friday as he announced the pair should be extradited.
"Jassi secretly married," Justice Gregory Finch said in a Vancouver courtroom. "She did so contrary to the wishes of her family, who wanted her to accept an arranged marriage.
“Jassi was in love with Mithu, excited about spending her life with him and planning to bring him to Canada."

Married on March 15, 1999, the 25-year-old newlywed was found dead on June 8, 2000, her throat slit. Her husband survived the attack.
Indian police allege Malkit Kaur Sidhu, her mother, and Surjit Singh Badesha, her maternal uncle, ordered her death when she refused to annul her clandestine marriage to a poor rickshaw driver.

Finch went over testimony from friends and RCMP officers, in whom Jassi Sidhu confided her love and her fears.

After Jassi Sidhu's family discovered her marriage at the beginning of 2000, friends and a former neighbour testified that the young woman was assaulted and threatened. She was locked in her room. Her passport was taken away, her bank account locked.
"Badesha and Sidhu resorted to violence and threats of violence," Finch said.
The judge noted that at one point she was surrounded by eight to 10 family members — aunts, cousins, her mother and uncle — who hit and slapped her for refusing to abandon the union. She showed up for work the next day with bruises.

"Jassi feared for her life and Mithu's life, was worried that something was going to be done to them and did not know what they were capable of," Finch said.
"Badesha threatened to kill Jassi if she returned to India. Despite the emotional pressures, threats and physical abuse to which she was subjected, Jassi continued to defy her family’s wishes and returned to India to preserve her marriage and bring Mithu to Canada to live with her."

On Feb. 1, 2000, the first of 266 phone calls took place between the Badesha home and the four men eventually convicted of Jassi Sidhu's murder in India, Finch noted.---- Malkit Sidhu and Badesha appeared in court via video-link.
Dressed in a jail-issue dark green sweatsuit, Sidhu sat motionless with her hands loosely in her lap. Badesha, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit with a blue kerchief covering his head, leaned forward as the judge revisited evidence, his face dropping out of view on the courtroom monitor.

The pair fought extradition, arguing there wasn't enough evidence to send them to India.---- Malkit Kaur Sidhu's lawyer acknowledged his client was upset with the marriage, but said that didn't prove she conspired to have her daughter killed.
Badesha's lawyer suggested the passage of time and widespread coverage of the crime — including a movie and a book based on her life — made witness testimony unreliable.
Jim Longridge, the former principal at Jassi Sidhu's high school in Maple Ridge, was in court Friday to hear the decision.
He remembers a quiet, friendly and studious girl. He said he didn’t realize the situation she faced at home.

"I couldn't believe she's been murdered and apparently nothing was going to be done about it," said Longridge, who spent years writing letters to politicians and police asking for action in Canada on her murder overseas.

"These two people — her mother and uncle — were walking around Maple Ridge as though they weren't involved," he said. "It wasn't right."
Badesha, now 69, and Sidhu, 65, remain in custody until their surrender to Indian authorities. They can appeal the extradition order to the federal justice minister.


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