Indonesia is expected to ratify sweeping changes to its criminal code on Tuesday, senior officials confirmed, in a legal overhaul that critics say could curb freedoms and police morality in the Southeast Asian nation. Among the most controversial revisions to the code are articles that would penalise sex outside of marriage with up to one year in jail and prohibit cohabitation between unmarried couples. Insulting the president and spreading views counter to the secular national ideology, known as the Pancasila, will also be outlawed. Legal experts and civil society groups say such changes to the penal code are a "huge setback" for the world's third-largest democracy. "The state cannot manage morality. The government's duty is not as an umpire between conservative and liberal Indonesia," said Bivitri Susanti, a law expert from the Indonesia Jentera School of Law. Indonesia's population is predominantly Muslim and has sizeable groups of Hindus, Christians and people of other … [Read more...] about Indonesia set to pass new criminal code that will ban sex outside marriage
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Officers of Ward 12 in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 guide people on how to register for an online public service account Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, 52 years old, went to the police headquarters of District 3’s Ward 12 to submit an application for temporary residence registration for the tenant. After receiving the application, the ward officer will guide the registration of a national public service account to submit online documents for the next time. He said that with the application on the internet, he can now sit at home and do it, which is both convenient and time-consuming. When the high tide in Ho Chi Minh City exceeded the third-stage warning level, Ms. Nguyen Hoang Bach Phung working in District 1 often opens the UDI Maps application to see if the way back home at Pham Huu Lau Street in Nha Be District is flooded. In addition to updates on the current status and the flood forecast in the application, a person can also find a way to avoid flooded points as well as to … [Read more...] about HCMC residents benefit from digital transformation
Since our marriage, my husband hasn't worked because he wants to be free from stress. He enjoys his daily tasks, including picking up our son from school and feeding the fish. He gives me a fixed monthly expense of VND15 million ($612) that he receives from his parents. They give him the money in small payments so that he can't spend it all at once. He spends his own money and doesn’t touch my income. My husband has a sister who is living in the US. She refused inheritance from her parents because her financial situation is stable. My parents-in-law are over 70. They own two townhouses for rent and a house in an alley where their relatives live for free. They’ve assigned my husband the job of managing their rentals, and I don’t intervene. I just do my job and get my own money. I’ve told my husband to get a job many times because he has too much free time. But he didn’t listen to me. He thinks he will soon inherit properties from his parents and said it's not necessary to work … [Read more...] about My husband refuses to work because his parents support us
Three of our children are healthy and well-mannered. We married out of love. Our love has grown since we married, and people who know us adore our family. I’m a teacher and my wife runs the family store. I’m a family man who will always be there for my wife and children. My wife and I are quite open with one another; we can discuss any subject and often have long conversations deep into the night. She’s loyal to her family, a kind wife, and a good mother. She’s well-liked by her friends and family as well. And yet, despite all of this, a terrible tragedy has occurred. If I hadn't seen it for myself, I wouldn't have believed it. One day my wife informed me that she had to visit her hometown 16 kilometers from our home. I continued to teach my kids at home that day. I always put my trust in her and make sure she has enough time and space to hang out with her friends after a long day of work. In addition to love, I always tell her that trust is crucial. We would both suffer if … [Read more...] about My wife with a man at a hotel? What to do?
Atmospheric night markets, historic temples, sleek cocktail bars, and an evolving culinary scene of Hanoi have conquered the heart of a journalist from the world-class travel magazine. The UK-based National Geographic Traveler magazine has just published an article titled “A guide to Hanoi, Vietnam’s beguiling capital” by Charlotte Wigram-Evans, Content Editor with a passion for all things travel, offering a detailed guide for international travelers to this charming city. A peaceful corner of Hanoi. Photo: Giang Trinh The warm and soupy atmosphere with the smell of sizzling meat and flowers fresh from the market; the crowded streets and tube houses with many different unique architectural styles in Hanoi Old Quarter have amazed the journalist. “It’s 8am and I’m wandering the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. A dawn deluge has rinsed the roads clean, and already they’re a hive of activity,” she wrote. After spending time getting to know all aspects of … [Read more...] about National Geographic Traveler explores Hanoi
At the event (Photo: VNA) Nghe An (VNA) – A conference to raise knowledge about policies and laws related to the Vietnam -Laos border took place on December 6 in the central province of Nghe An, gathering nearly 200 village chiefs from 20 border provinces of the nations. Addressing the function, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai and his Lao counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith said via practical acts, the chiefs and reputable people in border villages have made significant contributions to protecting the areas, and border markers and sustaining peace and security there. They stressed the dissemination of information on related treaties, international agreements and legal documents are key to the effectiveness of the border work between the countries. The officials said they believe participants will disseminate what they have learned when they return to their villages and continue their good work in guiding and encouraging local people to respect the nations’ … [Read more...] about Border knowledge disseminated for Vietnamese, Lao village leaders