Indonesia To Execute Six On Drug Offenses, Dozens More Planned

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Indonesian officials are ready to execute six drug offenders by firing squad come Sunday, despite pleas from Amnesty International and other human rights groups to abort the plans. UPI reports:

Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, elected in October, has rejected pleas from countries that include Brazil and Australia to stop the executions. Widodo said he will take a hardline against drug offenders and plans to put a total of 64 drug convicts to death in the coming months. So far, 20 have been planned.

Human-rights group Amnesty International pleaded with the country’s leaders to take a different course.

“Indonesia’s new government took office on the back of promises to improve respect for human rights, but carrying out these executions would be a regressive move. Rather than putting to death more people, the government should immediately impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to its eventual abolition,” Amnesty International leaders said.

 

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