Indonesia is about to pass a law that would criminalize sex outside of marriage

LGBT activists rally against a planned revision to Indonesia's criminal code that would criminalize unmarried and gay sex in Jakarta, Indonesia on Feb. 12, 2018. While the protest took place last year, the demonstration was against the same criminal code bill.

(CNN)Indonesia is set to pass a highly controversial new penal code that would criminalize consensual sex outside of marriage and effectively outlaw same-sex relations, in a move human rights groups have criticized as a violation of basic freedoms.

The draft code, which will also introduce penalties for insulting the president, is set to be adopted as soon as next week, after the government agreed to the bill Wednesday.
Human Rights Watch called the draft criminal code "disastrous not only for women and religious and gender minorities, but for all Indonesians," and is calling on lawmakers to drop the controversial articles before passing the law.