Indonesia summons U.N. official after criticism of new laws

JAKARTA, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Indonesia summoned a United Nations official on Monday after the organisation expressed concerns over threats to civil liberties posed by the newly-ratified revisions to its criminal code, its foreign ministry said.

Indonesia’s parliament last week approved an overhaul of its criminal code, prohibiting sex outside marriage and cohabitation between unmarried couples, among other controversial revisions. Officials say it aims to uphold “Indonesian values” in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

The U.N. said the revised laws could result in the erosion of press freedom, privacy and human rights in the world’s third-largest democracy.

Teuku Faizasyah, a