Indonesia’s Constitutional Court will hold its fifth hearing on August 23, 2016 on proposed revisions to the country’s criminal code that would punish consensual same-sex behavior and increase penalties for sexual activity out of wedlock, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposed legislation, which carries penalties of up to five years in prison, violates internationally protected rights to privacy and nondiscrimination, Human Rights Watch said. The court is being asked to rule on the constitutionality of proposed changes to the criminal code brought by petitioners led by professors from the Bogor Agricultural Institute, near Jakarta. They are seeking amendments to laws on adultery (art. 284), rape (art. 285), and sex with a minor (art. 292) in Indonesia’s criminal code.
August 20 / Human Rights Watch