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Jakarta Post

Court defends civil rights

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 15, 2017   /  08:00 am
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The Constitutional Court's (MK) judge panel reads out its verdict to reject a judicial review petition aimed at outlawing premarital sex and same-sex relationships during a hearing on Dec.14.(JP/Seto Wardhana.)

In a rare victory for the country’s civil rights defenders, the Constitutional Court (MK) rejected a judicial review petition on Thursday aimed at outlawing premarital sex and same-sex relationships. The call was a close one, with four out of nine justices, including chief justice Arief Hidayat, offering dissenting opinions in the case. The five justices who rejected the ruling were Saldi Isra, Maria Farida Indrawati, Manahan Sitompul, I Gede Palguna and Suhartoyo. Other than Arief, the dissenting justices were Anwar Usman, Wahiduddin Adams and Aswanto. In its ruling, the court argued that the petitioners’ request was beyond its authority, suggesting they bring their case to the House of Representatives. “Matters concerning the limitations of people’s rights are the authority of the lawmakers in the House,” said justice Saldi Isra. The petitio...