» 01/07/2013, 00.00
Under Aceh's Sharia rules, women banned from straddling motorbikes
Under the new bylaw, straddling two-wheeled vehicles is deemed "unseemly" and "provocative". For the measure's promoters, women must be protected from "unwelcome" situations, and the province's Islamic spirit must be strengthened. As the gap between radical and moderate Muslims widens, human rights activists say the rule puts women at risk.
For moderate Muslims, ban on women straddling motorbikes not based on Sharia
For Nahdlatul Ulama and the Indonesian Ulema Council, the new regulation in place in Aceh is not in keeping with Islamic law. Islam "says nothing in the matter". The rule is related to "local mores". For activists, it is "absurd" and "discriminatory" against women. But District chief defends it, saying that "women's dignity" is different from that of men.
Tsunami: Reconstruction in Aceh and Nias Island blocked by corruption
More than 97 billion rupiahs disappear in the pockets of government officials, Christians on Nias Island complain that housing and infrastructures have not been rebuilt. Today a sombre ceremony will mark the 167,000 people who died in the tragedy.
Terrorist group, possibly linked to Jemaah Islamiyah, arrested
After days of searching, police and anti-terrorism forces identified an armed group in the forests of Aceh. After a shootout, they arrested 15 people. The police fear an imminent attack by Islamic terrorists.
Raids and seizures as Aceh police block New Year celebrations
For the first time in the history of the province, people were not able to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Firecrackers , trumpets and other "special items" associated with new year celebrations confiscated. The deputy police chief confirms the aim of "the full implementation of sharia".
Jakarta warns NGOs in Aceh not to interfere if they wish to stay
Indonesian government warns international aid agencies against favour local separatist movement.
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