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Minister Comments on International Reactions to Ahok’s Verdict

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly did not deny that the international community has urged the Indonesian government to review blasphemy law. Article 156(a) of the Criminal Code has been a major talking point of late following the guilty verdict for inactive Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, in the blasphemy trial.

The call for a review of the blasphemy law came from the United Nations (UN), among others. “Yes, that's said when I was in Geneva yesterday, in the Universal Periodic Review [UPR] hearing. There were calls for it,” Yasonna told reporters yesterday, May 10, in Jakarta.

The Indonesian government has been urged to review the laws and regulations on freedom of expression and religion.

Yasonna had not promised anything. He said that the government will study the recommendations it received from other countries in the UPR which was held on May 3-5.

“We will discuss it. A thorough study is needed.”

The UN Human Rights Asia earlier reacted to the jail sentence for Ahok. “We are concerned by jail sentence for #Jakarta governor for alleged blasphemy against #Islam. We call on #Indonesia to review blasphemy law,” @OHCHRAsia tweeted.


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