On Tuesday, December 6, Indonesia parliament approved a new criminal code which will apply to Indonesians and foreigners. The laws were passed with support from all political parties. The new code banned sex outside marriage and a punishment of up to one year in jail will be sentenced to the criminals who will go against the code.
However, the new code also prohibits cohabitation between unmarried couples. It will also ban insulting the president or state institutions, spreading views counter to the state ideology and staging protests without notification.
Spokesperson for Indonesia's justice ministry, Albert said the aim for the new laws is to protect the institution of marriage and Indonesian values as well as protecting the privacy of the community.
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