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Indonesia Passes Law Barring Extramarital Sex, Curbs Dissent

  • Law’s proposal had been paused after violent riots in 2019
  • Measure would raise penalties on women who have abortions
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Indonesian lawmakers have passed a contentious criminal code that outlaws extramarital sex and raises penalties on abortions as part of legislation that sparked violent protests when introduced in 2019. 

Parliament passed the bill at a plenary session on Tuesday, which also adds limits to how much people can criticize the president and public institutions, and restricts the rights of LGBTQ citizens. The next step is for President Joko Widodo -- better known as Jokowi -- to sign off on it, followed by a three-year transition period until the law is fully in place.