While the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in the Western world, sparking debates about how best to balance civil liberties and public health, people around much of the rest of the globe are still dealing with blunt human rights abuses.
In Indonesia’s Aceh province — the one province in the Southeast Asian nation that practices Shariah law — two men were publicly caned in a city park on Thursday. They were flogged across the back a total of 77 times each, with The Associated Press reporting that they winced in pain as they were struck again and again by robed enforcers.
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The men were sentenced to receive 80 strokes of the cane, a punishment imposed on them in court in December after they were caught having sex with each other in their own rented room, but they were spared three strokes in recognition of the time they had already spent in prison.
Shariah code classifies gay sex as a morality offence.
The men were sentenced to receive 80 strokes of the cane
The inhumane punishment of public whipping is not uncommon in Aceh. Hundreds of people have been flogged since the province implemented a new Islamic criminal code in 2015, with a long list of victimless actions constituting grounds for caning.