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Will Indonesia’s new ban on extramarital sex and unmarried cohabitation affect foreign tourists? – BBC News 中文

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Will Indonesia’s new ban on extramarital sex and unmarried cohabitation affect foreign tourists? – BBC News 中文
  • Tiffany Wertheimer
  • BBC reporter

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There are concerns that this new law will severely damage Indonesia’s tourism industry, which has just begun to recover.

Indonesia’s tourism industry is still trying to recover from the devastating impact of the new crown epidemic. Now that the country’s parliament has passed new laws, some fear it could turn tourists away again because sex outside of marriage will be outlawed.

The controversial law also bans unmarried couples from living together and restricts political and religious freedoms, in what critics have called a human rights “catastrophe”. The laws are expected to be challenged in court following protests in Jakarta this week.

The new penal code, which will take effect within three years, applies to Indonesians and foreigners living in the country, including tourists.

It was widely reported in neighboring Australia, with some newspapers dubbing it the “Bali sex ban”.

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