On December 6, 2022, the Indonesian parliament passed a new criminal code that seriously violate international human rights law and standards. 

Human Rights Watch said the new code violate the rights of religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and undermine rights to freedom of speech and association.

According to the new law, the government will recognize “any living law” in the country, which is likely to be interpreted to extend formal legality to hundreds of Sharia regulations imposed by local officials in areas across the country. 

Produced By: Tamar Pilobisian

Featured In Story: Tim Lindsey, a professor of Asian law and the director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne

First aired on The Wire, Monday 12 December 2022