Sharia in Aceh: Eroding Indonesia’s secular freedoms

The Jakarta Globe: “Despite Indonesia having a secular Constitution, devoutly Muslim Aceh was allowed to adopt parts of Shariah law, presumably to prevent the Acehnese from joining the rebellious Free Aceh Movement (GAM) . . . Five years later, the obvious question has yet to be asked: why was Shariah rammed through the national legislative system and ‘given’ to Aceh when neither the populace nor the GAM guerrillas ever asked for it and perhaps few people, with the exception of the provincial ulema council, actually want it?”