S.E. Asia Sharia’s Creep: affect on non-Muslims
We recently posted Pres. Obama’s Malaysian Muslim Misstep, mentioning how sharia law poses an impact to non-Muslims in Malaysia.
Creeping Sharia just highlighted a related story in Indonesia:
Thanks to all those who helped rebuild Aceh into a sharia state after the tsunami. via Sharia law to apply to non-Muslims in Aceh – khabarsoutheastasia.com.
Non-Muslims can be prosecuted under Sharia law in Aceh if they participate with Muslims in offenses not regulated by Indonesian criminal law, under a new bylaw passed in the province late last year.
The controversial clause is contained in the Qanun Hukum Acara Jinayat (QHAJ), Islamic criminal procedure codes, passed by the regional House of Representatives (DPRA) on December 13th, 2013.
The clause pertains to “a violation committed jointly by two or more people, among them non-Muslims”, according to a copy of the bylaw obtained by Khabar Southeast Asia.
It also states that non-Muslims who are arrested can choose to be prosecuted in a Sharia court or a state court. But if the violation is not regulated by Indonesian criminal law, the non-Muslim will be prosecuted in Sharia court.
The new bylaws authorise Sharia police, prosecutors and judges to detain violators for 15 to 60 days if an investigation, trial or sentence warrants it. Until now, Sharia enforcement officials have only been permitted to arrest and briefly detain violators for counselling on Sharia norms. They have not had authority to put them in jail.
Last year, Mohshin Habib noted in a Gatestone Institute article, “Western leaders need to understand that Indonesia, under its current government, can no longer be labeled a Muslim country that is risk-free for religious minorities.”
This has become a disturbing trend in Southeast Asia and other Pacific areas and is likely to spread.
The following is from a 2013 Pew Research Project – the focus was on selected countries with significant Muslim populations.
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