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Jakarta Post

Rights activists to present their case at MK hearings

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 25 2016   /  08:08 am

With conservative academics dominating the hearings of a judicial review request to outlaw extra-marital sex at the Constitutional Court (MK), where they lashed out at what they called “liberal values”, human rights defenders have come forward, asking to be given a say in the matter.

The court is reviewing four articles in the Criminal Code. A group calling itself the Family Love Alliance says the articles are antithetical to the Constitution because they do not clearly state that sexual relations outside marriage, including same-sex relationships, are illegal.

The group has petitioned the court to scrap or change the wording of the articles.

In the last six hearings at the court, a number of university professors from the nation’s top universities presented by the petitioners argued that free sex was against existing norms and that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, b...