Indonesia defends death penalty


Ambulances carrying the bodies of Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran arrive from Nusakambangan prison Island in Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 April 2015, after Indonesian authorities executed eight out of nine drug convicts by firing squad.

Indonesia defends death penalty

The death penalty is our positive law. So said Indonesian President Joko Widodo in defence of his country’s decision to execute drug smugglers.

Widodo was responding to Australia’s human rights commissioner, Gillian Triggs, who suggested foreign aid to Indonesia and other countries in the Asia Pacific region should hinge on the country’s human rights records.

“My duty as president of Indonesia is to carry out the law and I’m sure other countries will understand this,” said Widodo. “Every d...

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