Indonesia criminalizes sex outside marriage

Jakarta: indonesian legislators unanimously adopted a new penal code on Tuesday, criminalizing sex outside marriage.
“All have agreed to ratify the (draft amendments) into law,” the lawmaker said Bambang Wuryanto, who headed the parliamentary committee, was quoted by CNN. “The old code is Dutch heritage…and no longer relevant.”
The US broadcaster said the new code provides penalties for insulting the president or expressing views contrary to the national ideology.
Addressing a presser, Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly said he hoped Indonesians understood that lawmakers had done all they could to meet “public aspirations”.
He recently said that it was not easy for a multicultural and multi-ethnic country to have a penal code that “responds to all interests”.
He also invited the dissatisfied parties to submit a judicial review to the Constitutional Court.
Earlier, human rights groups said the new code would ‘disproportionately impact women’ and further restrict human rights and freedoms in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. .
“What we are witnessing is a huge setback to Indonesia’s hard-won progress in protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms after the 1998 revolution. This penal code should never have been passed first. place,” said Ousman Hamidexecutive director of Amnesty International Indonesia.
Andreas HarsonoHuman Rights Watch Indonesia researcher said the laws are “a setback to already declining religious freedom in Indonesia”, warning that “non-believers could be prosecuted and imprisoned”.
“The danger of oppressive laws is not that they are widely enforced, it’s that they provide the opportunity for selective enforcement,” he told CNN.


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