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Public Discussion: Revisiting Blasphemy Article in RKUHP

The Indonesian Government is currently drafting the Criminal Code (RKUHP). However, the draft contains many problematic provisions, particularly the article on “Religious Crimes”, which contains the offense of blasphemy. The definition of blasphemy is excessively broad, and could potentially threaten the freedom of religion or belief, especially for minority groups. The RKUHP is still a work-in progress and it is receiving criticism and suggestions. Previously, the Advocacy Alliance for Religious Criminal Articles in the RKUHP had proposed changes to the Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights. Currently, the RKUHP is included in the 2022 National Legislative Program as a law proposed by the Government. Therefore, debates and hearings with multiple stakeholders should be held as a form of public control and participation.