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Indonesian Government Reverses Decision To Criminalise Gay Sex

It’s hard to keep up, only yesterday Islam-based political party PPP member, Arsul Sani spoke with media announcing that draft changes to the Indonesian Criminal Code (RKUHP) would criminalise homosexual sex acts by August 17, however with amendments to ensure the law would not discriminate against the LGBT community.

Today, a report on Indonesian website kompas.com has revealed the law changes will not criminalise homosexual sex acts by removing the ‘phrase “same-sex” from the article’ as ‘the provision has been criticised by some civil society groups for discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups’.

After a meeting held on May 30, Chairman of the Government’s Working Team, Enny Nurbaningsih, explained that the law will instead criminalise ‘obscene (sex) acts’ for both same-sex, opposite-sex sex acts along with criminalising sex for people under 18-years-old with punishment of up to 9 years imprisonment.

There was no explanation of what will be determined as ‘obscene’.

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