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Plaintiffs expect progressive ruling on blasphemy law

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 3 2010   /  09:10 am

More than half of the experts presented by the Constitutional Court agree the blasphemy law is problematic, boosting plaintiffs’ confidence that a judicial review to contest the law will be successful.   The court has recently upset women’s rights activists and supporters of pluralism by rejecting a judicial review of the controversial pornography law, which they said could be used to criminalize women and artists.  The petitioners of the judicial review of the blasphemy law, however, believed the result of their endeavor would be less gloomy.
One of the plaintiffs, noted Muslim scholar and women’s rights activist Musdah Mulia, said she was “optimistic” the court would rule in favor of the petitioners.“This is a new found awareness… on the law that applies in the country and [impinges] constitutional rights. It is unfortunate, though, that this awareness ...