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Indonesia RKUHP: Not Just Sex

by Oui Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 09:43:52 AM EST

The media outlet of the New York Times? Poor choice for a source on many matters relating to foreign affairs, especially the Middle East and the Islamic nations. Indonesia, the nation with the largest Muslim population, needs to get in line and enforce Sharia Law if it wants to play along with the wealth of fossil fuel states: Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Brunei and its neighbors Malaysia and Singapore.

Saudi Arabia's influence in Southeast Asia - too embedded to be disrupted?  

h/t post by ARGeezer

More below the fold ...


No, Indonesian students are not taking to the streets only to fight sex ban | Jakarta Post |

In the past few days, Indonesia has been witnessing its largest student movement since that of 1998, which brought down then-president Soeharto. The student protests made headlines not only in the national media, but also in international news outlets.

Many Indonesian readers of foreign media outlets, however, expressed their exasperation over the titles of the articles in various news outlets, which often focused only on the fact that the contentious Criminal Code (RKUHP) bill could criminalize premarital sex. The BBC, Deutsche Welle, The Japan Times, Al Jazeera, Reuters, The Sydney Morning Herald and CNN are among the outlets publishing articles implying that Indonesians were only protesting about a "sex before marriage" bill as the BBC put it, or a "sex ban law" as The Japan Times called it.

Not just sex

The revision of the RKUHP is only one among several problematic bills the students are protesting against and the criminalization of pre- and extramarital sex is the least of several concerns regarding the bill.

The students have seven demands in total encompassing several issues. Political scientist Amalinda Savirani from Gadjah Mada University said despite some criticisms of the movement's many demands, the varied nature of those demands could help the movement gain followers and momentum.

Here are the seven demands:

The RKUHP contains several contentious articles, not just the article on criminalizing extramarital sex. If passed, the new Criminal Code can make crimes out of freedom of speech, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, sexual reproduction rights and even homelessness. Several articles regulate against "attacking the dignity" of the president or vice president and publishing or broadcasting materials that contain "insults against the legitimate government".

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    "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
    For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

    Sir John Harington (1560?-1612)

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