Indonesia Executes Six People Despite International Outcry
Six people have been executed by firing squad in Indonesia under President Joko Widodo, including two women and four men. Five of the executed people were not Indonesian nationals but from Brazil, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria. This has occurred under the new President’s tough stance on drugs and drug smuggling.
There has been international outcry over the act, led by the Brazilian President and Dutch Foreign Minister. Both nations recalled their ambassadors in Indonesia. The European Union had previously tried to put pressure on Jakarta to not go through with the executions. Foreign Policy Chief of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, described the death penalty as, “a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity”.
There are currently 64 people on death row in Indonesia for drug related offences, none of whom will receive clemency. Two Australian citizens are sitting amongst the 64 on death row; “Bali Nine” smugglers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stated when speaking to Sky News, “I don’t believe that executing people is the answer to solving the drug problem and certainly the trafficking of drugs in and out of Indonesia.” She goes on to tell how the Australian Government will still work on behalf of Sukumaran and Chan.
Bishop explains, “However, this is Indonesian law and it is a sober reminder that drug-related offences carry very, very heavy penalties in other countries, particularly in Indonesia.”
Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo has warned the world that more executions will take place in the year ahead.