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NGO Urges Indonesia to Halt Execution of 14 Drug Traffickers

BANGKOK - A group of pro-human rights organizations have urged Indonesian authorities to halt the executions of 14 inmates over drug-trafficking crimes, after the government resumed carrying out death penalty sentences last year, local media reported Thursday.

On Wednesday evening, the Attorney General of Indonesia announced the death penalty would be applied to 13 men and one woman as a punishment for drug-related crimes.

The executions could take place as early as Friday.

Among the death row inmates are four Indonesians, including the woman, six Nigerians, a Zimbabwean, an Indian, a Pakistani and a South African.

After restarting the death penalty last year, Indonesia plans to execute 16 prisoners this year and up to 30 in 2017.

"President Widodo is turning Indonesia into one of Southeast Asia's top executioners. His determination to pursue the death penalty for drug offenders seriously tarnishes Indonesia's international reputation and does nothing to rid the country of the scourge of drugs," said International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) President Karim Lahidji.

As of June, some 152 inmates in prisons nationwide are awaiting execution, according to Indonesian authorities.

FIDH has asked the president to establish a moratorium on executions and commute all death penalty sentences to life imprisonment, as an initial step towards abolishing capital punishment.

According to FIDH, there is no evidence that the death penalty is an effective deterrent for crimes, including those related to drug-trafficking.

 

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