Indonesia criminalizes sex outside marriage

JAKARTA CAPITAL: Indonesian legislators on Tuesday unanimously passed a new penal code on Tuesday, criminalizing sex outside of marriage.
“All agreed to ratify (draft change) into law,” said the lawmaker Bambang Wuryanto, the head of the congressional committee, was quoted as saying by CNN. “The old code belongs to Dutch heritage … and is no longer relevant.”
The US television station said the new law provides penalties for offending the president or expressing views that go against the national ideology.
Addressing the press, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly said he hopes Indonesians understand that lawmakers have done everything they can to meet “the aspirations of the public.”
It has recently been said that it is not easy for a multicultural and multi-ethnic country to come up with a penal code that “fits all interests”.
He also invited disgruntled parties to submit a judicial review to the constitutional court.
Earlier, human rights groups said the new law would “disproportionately affect women” and further restrict human rights and freedoms in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.
“What we are witnessing is a big setback to the progress that Indonesia has made hard to make in protecting human rights and basic freedoms after the 1998 revolution. The Penal Code This should not have been passed in the first place,” he said. Usman HamidExecutive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia.
Andreas HarsonoHuman Rights Watch’s Indonesia researcher said the law was “an obstacle to religious freedom already in decline in Indonesia,” warning that “infidels could be prosecuted and jailed.” .”
“The danger of oppressive laws is not that they will be widely applied, but that they provide avenues for selective enforcement,” he said.


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