Inselstaat gegen Islamismus

In Aceh beten Gläubige für Frieden und gegen Terror. Bisher gilt Indonesien als Hort eines toleranten und friedlichen Islam, doch auch hier versuchen Extremisten Unzufriedene anzuwerben. (Foto: Junaidi Hanafiah/Anadolu

Der IS versucht mit seinen Hassbotschaften auch im bevölkerungsreichsten muslimischen Land Fuß zu fassen. Doch bisher kann sich Indonesien wehren - seine Islamverbände sind im Netz gegen die Extremisten aktiv.

Von Arne Perras, Jakarta

Children are dying from respiratory ailments as haze blankets Sumatra

An elementary school student in Riau, an epicenter of Indonesia's haze crisis, died of respiratory failure last week. Two other children, aged 15 and 2, passed away in Jambi.
The Health Ministry logged more than 10,000 cases of respiratory infection as of September 4.

At a housing complex in Riau, an epicenter of Indonesia’s haze crisis, Muklis shows a picture of his little daughter, seated before a piano and peering into the camera.

She passed away last week, as forest fires blanketed the region in noxious smog.

Indonesias 1965 - crimes against humanity - International peoples tribunal in Den Haag

Half a century ago in Indonesia, following the events of October 1 1965, 500,000 to one million people accused of being members or supporters of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) were murdered, and many hundreds of thousands of people were detained without trial, perished or exiled. The impunity surrounding these mass killings has been encircled in social and political amnesia. There has been no official attempt to find out who was behind the killings, who the victims were exactly, and where they are buried.

Law Punishing Gay Sex With Caning Takes Effect in Aceh - Indonesia

A law that makes gay sex punishable by public caning took effect Friday in a conservative Indonesian province.

The law in Aceh province stipulates that anyone caught having homosexual sex can face up to 100 strokes of a cane, a fine of up to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold (about $37,400) and imprisonment of up to 100 months. Adulterers are also subject to 100 lashes of a cane, but not to the fine or imprisonment.

Aceh is considered more devout than other areas of Muslim-majority Indonesia and is the only province allowed to observe a version of Islamic Shariah law.