Indonesia Passes Controversial Law Banning Unmarried Sex and Restricting Political Freedom

1: indonesia’s parliament has recently approved a new criminal code that prohibits sex outside of marriage and restricts political freedom. the law also makes adultery an offence that can be punished with jail time, with unmarried couples potentially facing up to a year in prison.

2: the new criminal code was approved by indonesia’s parliament in late 2019. the law applies to all citizens of indonesia, regardless of their location within the country.

3: the new criminal code was passed by parliament with the intention of protecting traditional values and promoting morality. however, human rights groups have argued that the provisions of the law disproportionately affect women and are an infringement of basic rights.

By Evey Lovelace

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