As the only region of Indonesia permitted to enforce its own brand of sharia law, Aceh has become a target of human rights advocates from abroad and within Indonesia who criticize the canings used by the local government to punish Muslims and non-Muslims as cruel and inhumane public spectacles.
However, many people strongly support Aceh’s use of corporal punishment, including Muslims in other countries. It seems that some foreign tourists have even made a visit to watch one of Aceh’s public canings a part of their sightseeing itinerary.
On Monday, dozens of tourists from Malaysia came by bus to visit the Lamteh Mosque in Banda Aceh to witness a dozen people getting publicly caned for crimes ranging from gambling to ikhtilat (the intermingling of men and women who are not married).
It wouldn't be surprising when they start publicly beheading people for the horrible crime of drinking alcohol. That should make the tourist numbers skyrocket.