Indonesia set to pass a law to criminalise sex outside of marriage

Law makers in Indonesia are set to pass a very controversial new ruling that would criminalise all forms of consensual sex outside of marriage, effectively completely outlawing any same-sex relationships in a move that has been heavily criticised by human rights groups as a violation of the populations basic freedoms.

The code, which also brings in severe penalties for insulting the ruling president is due to become live next week, after the government passed the bill on Wednesday. Human Rights Watch have made a statement, describing the move as “disastrous not only for women and religious and gender minorities, but for all Indonesians,” and has called for the nation to drop the controversial elements before it becomes law.

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, but they have been very tolerant when compared to other countries until recently. A rise in intolerance against religious and sexual minorities has been pioneered by a small group of influential Muslim conservatives.