When the Islamic Syariah Law was imposed in Aceh, local law makers thought that crimes in the province would be reduced. However, according to Tempo the number has actually increased.
Aceh Advocacy Group Reports A Rise in Legal Cases
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Legal advocacy group Aceh Legal Aid Foundation reported on Friday a rise in the number of cases it handled during 2009 by almost 50 percent from that of in 2008.
The report came as a result of a work meeting among all Legal Aid Foundation's office in the province. The group said it handled a total of 134 cases, 87 of which are criminal suits and the rest are civil cases. last year the group handled The group handled a total of 90 cases.
Twenty nine among the criminal lawsuits are violations of the civil rights which consisted of three extrajudicial killings, eight torture cases, three abuse cases, unwarranted arrests and detentions, three child civil rights violation, two violations on the principle of equality before the law, and three violations on freedom of expression.
Police stands at the first rank of the most frequent violators with involvement recorded in 24 cases, followed by regional authority with 3 cases, prison warden one case, and public order officials one case.
On economic social and cultural rights-related cases the group handled 31 of the cases occurred in the province last year, mostly came in form of land dispute.