Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EU Envoys Question Sharia in Aceh

BY NURDIN HASAN [THE JAKARTA GLOBE]
European Union's Ambassor to Indonesia Olof Skoog, left, accompanied by some EU envoys talking to the press in Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh on Tuesday, June 17 2014.

Banda Aceh, TAG –  In a visit to Sumatra’s northernmost province, the European Union’s ambassador to Indonesia expressed concern over human rights abuses, against women in particular, that have been documented under the semi-autonomous province’s enforcement of shariah law.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Aceh Police Confiscate Protected Wildlife

BY PRESS RELEASE

Banda Aceh, TAG — Police in Indonesia’s Aceh province have confiscated a number of illegally held live animals and wildlife parts from the homes of suspected wildlife traffickers, Wildlife Conservation Society said.
Monday, June 2, 2014

Beware, The Sharia Police are Watching

BY MARIE DHUMIERES [THE INDEPENDENT]

Banda Aceh, TAG – It's almost sunset in Banda Aceh and the locals rush towards Ulee Lheue beach before the barrier goes down. The authorities close access to this popular spot after 6pm, to prevent promiscuity between unmarried couples.
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bylaw on Non-Muslims in Aceh Not Enforceable

BY NURDIN HASAN [KHABAR SOUTEAST ASIA]

Banda Aceh, TAG – A clause in Aceh's new Islamic criminal procedural codes that could see non-Muslims tried in Sharia Court cannot be enforced, some legal experts in the province say.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Aceh’s Sharia Law to Apply to Non-Muslims

BY NURDIN HASAN [KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA]

Banda Aceh, TAG – 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.
Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reaction From Activists Over Verdict on PT Kalista Alam

PRESS RELEASE
Banda Aceh, TAG – Some environmental organizations on Thursday welcomed a landmark new precedent as Meulaboh court in west Aceh capital found palm oil company PT Kalista Alam guilty of illegally burning forests within Tripa peat swamps.

Aceh Court Orders Palm Oil Firm To Pay For Environmental Damage

BY NURDIN HASAN [THE JAKARTA GLOBE]
A view of burning peatland in Rawa Tripa in Nagan Raya district in 2011. INTERNET PHOTO

Banda Aceh, TAG – A court in the West Aceh district capital of Meulaboh has declared palm oil company Kalista Alam guilty of clearing Rawa Tripa peat forests in neighboring Nagan Raya district of Aceh province by burning land.
Sunday, January 5, 2014

Nine Years After Tsunami, Wounds Still Fresh in Aceh


BY NURDIN HASAN [THE JAKARTA GLOBE]
Four kids playing during a prayers to mark nine year of tsunami at PLTD Apung in Banda Aceh on 26 December 2013

Banda Aceh, TAG –  The people of Aceh on 26 December 2013 paid their respects to the more than 170,000 people who perished nine years ago when a 9.3 magnitude earthquake caused a massive tsunami to sweep through the region, leaving a path of devastation in its wake and turning the eyes of the world upon the province.

2013 a ‘Bleak’ Year for Aceh’s Ailing Judicial System


BY NURDIN HASAN [THE JAKARTA GLOBE]
Banda Aceh (TAG) – Enforcement of the law and human rights remained shaky throughout 2013 in Aceh, a legal advocacy group says.

Thai, Philippine Envoys Study Aceh's Peace

BY NURDIN HASAN [KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA]
Thai and Philippines delegations meeting with Aceh governor Zaini Abdullah and Wali Nanggroe Malik Mahmud on 18 December 2013

Banda Aceh (TAG) - Thai and Philippine delegations visited Aceh last month to learn about how it successfully resolved a three-decade armed conflict between Indonesia's central government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).
Sunday, December 22, 2013

Aceh Thriving After Tsunami

BY NURDIN HASAN (DEUTCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR)

A woman riding a motorcycle past the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh [Nurdin Hasan Photo]

Banda Aceh, TAG – Nine years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province is now a bustling city, with a museum and a large ship pushed inland by the wave among few reminders of the devastation.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Discussions Held in Aceh

BY NURDIN HASAN (KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA)
Four conflict victims giving testimony during a discussion in Banda Aceh, 24 October 2013. [NH PHOTO]

Banda Aceh, TAG –  Aceh is preparing to form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to uncover human rights violations that occurred during decades of armed conflict in the province, and to ensure the sustainability of the peace that has reigned since 2005.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Aceh Celebrates Its Cultural Riches

BY NURDIN HASAN (KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA)

A rapa'i is ready to accompany a traditional Acehnese dance during a practice in Pidie Jaya on June 15th, 2012 - NH PHOTO
Banda Aceh, TAG – Aceh has invited the world to come explore its arts, scenery, cuisine and history during the sixth Aceh Culture Week (Pekan Kebudayaan Aceh/PKA) in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh on September 20th- 29th.
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gerakan Anak Muda Melek Politik

BY NURDIN HASAN

Banda Aceh, TAG – Lima kelompok membuat visi, misi, dan program “partai“. Topiknya: pemberdayaan perempuan. Tiap kelompok beranggotakan 10 orang. Duduk di lantai, mereka serius berdiskusi, menyampaikan ide dan pendapat. Kesepakatan bersama ditulis di selembar kertas karton. Setiap kelompok juga harus memilih dua anggota sebagai “calon anggota legislatif (caleg).”
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sabang Tells Schoolchildren to Assess Genital Size

BY NURDIN HASAN (THE JAKARTA GLOBE)

Banda Aceh, TAG –  Parents in Aceh’s Weh island were demanding answers from education officials on Wednesday after it emerged that children as young as 12 were told to fill in a survey that included questions about the size of their genitals and whether they had experienced any sexual dreams.

Aceh Reaps The Dividends of Peace

BY NURDIN HASAN (KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA)
Acehnese praying during the eight-year anniversary of MoU Helsinki in Banda Aceh - NH PHOTO

Banda Aceh, TAG – The famous historic Baiturrahman Mosque in Banda Aceh was crowded with hundreds of Acehnese gathered to commemorate the eight-year anniversary of the peace agreement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). The event was held on August 15, 2013.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Threats of Violence Impact Aceh Elections

BY NURDIN HASAN (KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA)
Flags representing local political party line a street in Banda Aceh - NH PHOTO

Banda Aceh, TAG – At 3.20am on June 29th, the smell of burning rubber woke Herlina from a deep sleep. She roused her two children and they ran from the house, screaming for help. In the garage adjacent to her house, her Ford Fiesta was on fire. Neighbours quickly helped douse the inferno.
Friday, August 2, 2013

Aceh GAM Flag Stripped From Lhokseumawe in Pre-Dawn Crackdown

BY NURDIN HASAN (THE JAKARTA GLOBE)

Banda Aceh, TAG –  Dozens of Indonesian plain-clothes security forces moved through the streets of Aceh’s Lhokseumawe city early Friday morning, seizing hundreds of flags bearing the symbol of the now-disbanded Free Aceh Movement (GAM) separatists as local residents, awake for their pre-dawn Ramadan meal, looked on.

Makmeugang, Warisan Sang Sultan


Oleh Nurdin Hasan
Banda Aceh, TAG - Warga Aceh punya tradisi unik yang mungkin tak ditemukan di daerah lain Indonesia, dalam menyambut datangnya bulan suci Ramadhan, lebaran Idul Fitri dan Idul Adha. Tradisi yang telah turun-temurun dilaksanakan disebut makmeugang atau meugang, yaitu pergi ke pasar untuk membeli daging, memasak dan makan bersama keluarga.
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ancient Feast Brings Acehnese Together During Ramadan


By Nurdin Hasan (Khabar Southeast Asia)
Two butcher serve buyers in Ulee Kareng market, a suburb of Banda Aceh on July 18, 2013. NURDIN HASAN - PHOTO
Banda Aceh, TAG – Sticking to their long tradition, Achenese welcomed Ramadan this year in a big way. The tradition, passed on for generations, is called Makmeugang. It involves buying and cooking large quantities of meat, then eating together with the whole family.
 
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