Aceh, Indonesia: Don’t be there unless you have no choice!


1 February 2018

PETALING JAYA: Budget airline AirAsia will roster only male stewards on flights to and from Aceh, after the Indonesian province said that Muslim air hostesses will have to don the hijab upon arrival in the region.

“AirAsia acknowledges the regulation imposed by the authority of Aceh region. We are committed to ensuring that our operations adhere to it.

“For the time being, all AirAsia flights from and to Aceh will be operated by male cabin crews,” AirAsia said in a brief statement.

Yesterday, Aceh authorities circulated a letter to Indonesian carrier Garuda Indonesia and other budget carriers such as AirAsia and Firefly, ordering Muslim female flight attendants to wear the tudung (headscarf) upon arrival, or face punishment by the religious police.

Firefly chief executive officer Ignatius Ong said the airline may roster only males or non-Muslims on its flights to the Indonesian autonomous region.

Ong also said the budget airline was considering adding an additional layer of clothing to the uniforms of its female flight attendants.


Gereja Huria Kristen Indonesia dibakar Aceh dampak aturan rumah ibadah diskriminatif

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18 October 2014

Conservative Muslim Aceh Province,Indonesia, to shut down Christian churches after attacks

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for churches in Aceh, , currently under threat of violence from Islamic radicals. ^cw

Indonesia’s Aceh to close churches after pressure from Muslim groups

Indonesia’s Aceh to close churches after pressure from Muslim groups

Embedded image permalinkAn Indonesian policeman holds a rifle as he guards residents during Sunday mass prayer beside a burned church at Suka Makmur Village in Aceh Singkil. Photo: Reuters
October 18, 2015

ACEH SINGKIL, Indonesia- – Authorities in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province said on Sunday several Christian churches would be shut down this week, just days after a mob burned down a church, killing one person and injuring several others.

Tensions have been high among the ethnically and religiously diverse population of Aceh, raising the risk of further religious violence in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim population.

The vast majority of Indonesians practise a moderate form of Islam and Aceh is the only province to adhere to Islamic Sharia law, putting it at odds with the rest of the country.

Aceh was granted special autonomy as part of a 2005 agreement to end decades of separatist violence, which allowed it to implement Sharia law.

Christian groups in Aceh Singkil district, where the churches stand, had been consulted on the matter, authorities said, and members of as many as six churches had agreed to dismantle their houses of worship after admitting they did not have the required building permits.

“All houses of worship, regardless of the religion, need to be in accordance with the laws of Aceh,” Bardan Sahidi, a member of the provincial parliament, told Reuters after attending a meeting of political and religious figures, including representatives from the religious affairs ministry in Jakarta.

Local Christian groups were not immediately available for comment.

Jakarta Post

1,000 toddlers living in shelters following church burning in Aceh Singkil

Sectarian violence: A woman walks past what remains of HKI Suka Makmur Protestant Church in Aceh Singkil, Aceh, which was set alight on Wednesday. A mob of native Acehnese attacked two churches they deemed illegal, triggering unrest that claimed two lives and forced about 4,000 people, mostly Christians from North Sumatra, to flee their homes.(JP/Hotli Simanjuntak)

Thousands of vulnerable people — children, women and the elderly — are staying in shelters following the burning of a church that prompted thousands to flee their hometown of Aceh Singkil in Aceh province, an official of a church organization said on Saturday.

Ilma Sovri Yanti, the head of an Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) cross-faith post said that two posts managed by the PGI registered at least 5,000 people from vulnerable groups in Aceh Singkil.

“Most are women, but around 1,000 toddlers are staying in our shelters in North Tapanuli and West Pakpak,” she told news portal

Ilma said other people were trapped in the conflict area and faced challenges in leaving Aceh Singkil as a result of tight security. reported on Wednesday that 7,000 people had fled Aceh Singkil to go to several areas in North Sumatra, according to Aceh Singkil district chief Safriadi.

PGI spokesman Jerry Sumampow said the organization was collaborating with local social agencies to facilitate people who wanted to leave the location.

“They need motorcycles or other vehicles to travel,” he said.

The National Police on Thursday named 10 suspects in the attack.

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Indonesian President Calls for Calm After Church Attack in Aceh

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As church burns, Indonesia Pres Jokowi’s leadership needed on rights of religious minorities.

Embedded image permalinkMembers of a Christian congregation waited as security forces investigated a church razing in Indonesia this week. Credit European Pressphoto Agency

JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Joko Widodo of Indonesia appealed for calm on Wednesday in the fractious province of Aceh after a man was shot to death during a brawl set off by the razing of a Christian church.

Aceh, on the northern tip of the western island of Sumatra, is among the most religiously conservative regions of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. It is the only province authorized to apply Islamic law.

On Tuesday, according to Indonesian news reports, dozens of people with sticks and sharp weapons burned a Protestant church in a house in the district of Aceh Singkil, claiming that it did not have proper permits.

The mob then moved to a second church, where a group of people standing guard, including the police and military personnel, confronted them, the reports said. One member of the mob, later identified as Syamsul, was shot in the head by an unknown assailant, while four others were wounded by gunfire, including an army soldier, The Jakarta Globe reported.

“Stop the violence in Aceh Singkil,” Mr. Joko said on his Twitter account on Wednesday morning. “Any background of violence, especially religion and faith, undermines diversity.”

They was Burn church’s in Aceh, we’re Christian but were Indonesian *john15:25 *we need freedom

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In still happen for ,saints please pray for to love them.

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