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No New Year celebrations in Aceh

JAKARTA (UCAN): Aminullah Usman, mayor of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital of Aceh, said on December 18 that letters have been sent out warning people “not to hold parties, set off fireworks, and blow horns” on New Year’s Eve.
 
“These practices are not in accordance with Islamic Shariah law,” he said, adding, “Muslims have their own special celebration, which is the Hijri New Year.” 
 
This year the Hijri New Year fell on September 11.
 

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Arrest of gay couple violates human dignity

JAKARTA (UCAN): Two young women were arrested on September 28 in Banda Aceh, an area of Indonesia which implemented Sharia Law in 2001, and accused of being in a same-sex relationship.

“In terms of human rights, the arrest is a violation,” Father Paulus Christian Siswantoko, the secretary of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Pastoral Care for Migrant-Itinerant People, said.

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