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SLEEPWALKING INTO SHARIA

A new criminal code being considered by Indonesian lawmakers has the potential to outlaw same-sex relationships.

TO MANY people’s surprise, homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia. Yet.

Former colonial masters, the Dutch, legalised homosexuality in 1811 and when Indonesia became independent in 1945 it based its Criminal Code on Dutch law.

The nation’s ideology since independence is the philosophy of Pancasila, which stresses social justice, democracy and religious plurality. Despite 90 per cent of the population being Muslim, modern Indonesia’s founding fathers deliberately avoided enshrining Islam into law.

But that began to unravel 20 years ago when, in a peace deal with Islamist separatists, the Indonesian government granted its northern Sumatran province of Aceh special autonomy and the local government introduced a form of Islamic Sharia law in 2002.

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