Save Indonesian woman from being caned
A 25 year-old woman faces up to nine lashes with a wooden cane as punishment for “adultery” in the Langsa district of Aceh, Indonesia.
The woman has been gang-raped by eight men as punishment for her “offence” under local laws.
On 1 May 2014, the group of men stormed the woman’s home where she was allegedly having an affair with a married man.
They tied up the couple and repeatedly raped the woman and beat the man. News reports indicate the couple was then doused in raw sewage.
Three of the attackers are now being held in custody. The others are still on the run.
The woman faces public beating with a wooden cane—a punishment that violates the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, which Indonesia ratified in 1998.
At least 139 people were publicly beaten in Aceh province between 2010 and 2013.
Urge Indonesian authorities to not cane this woman, to abolish caning as a punishment, and to ensure laws are consistent with international human rights standards.
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