Are new laws an assault on human rights in Indonesia? | Inside Story

Extra-marital relations outlawed in Indonesia. And jail sentences for insulting the president. They’re some of the controversial proposals causing an outcry in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, Which are considered disastrous by rights groups. Thousands of students vented their anger. Coming under pressure, President Joko Widodo postponed the vote on changes to the draft criminal code. But Indonesians still fear it could be passed by parliament. They’re also angry over the passing of another law that weakens Indonesia’s anti-corruption organisation. The protests have been dismissed by the Indonesian government. So, can the outrage stop the government’s plans?

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