Holding hands, flirting, drinking alcohol – those things are all against the law in Banda Aceh. Sharia law is in effect there. Special police ensure people adhere to Islamic rules. Anyone who violates them is in danger of being caned.
Pope Francis traveled to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday as part of his first visit to the Arabian peninsula. The UAE's ambassador to Germany, Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed, told DW why the trip so important for the region.
Ahok's blasphemy conviction in 2017 raised concern over the influence of Islamist hardliners on Indonesian politics. Activists have said the blasphemy law still poses a danger to religious minorities and free speech.
Marginalized groups in Malaysia have sought better treatment under the new government. But after two women were publicly caned on Monday for same-sex relations, hopes have been dashed for the LGBT community.
A Shariah court in Malaysia has had two women caned for "attempting lesbian sex." Human rights groups have slammed the sentence as cruel and regressive.
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