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AI Petition: Indonesia: Stop imminent executions

June 17, 2016

Amnesty International

Indonesia: Stop imminent executions

Up to 15 people are believed to be at risk of imminent executions in Indonesia. Join us in calling on Indonesian authorities to halt executions now.

At least four death row prisoners were moved to Indonesia’s Nusakambangan prison island in recent weeks, where 13 of the 14 executions carried out in 2015 took place. The death row prisoners have been convicted of drug-related offences and some did not receive a fair trial. In some cases examined by Amnesty International, the police tortured or otherwise ill-treated some of the detainees, including to extract ‘confessions’. Many weren’t given access to a lawyer at the time of their arrest and at other stages of the process.

The exact date of the executions hasn’t been confirmed but the Attorney General stated that another round of executions will be carried out “in the near future”. The authorities will only give 72-hours’ notice before the executions are carried out. Prison officials have prepared the execution grounds and the firing squads have also been organized.

The death penalty is a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. In addition, executions for drug-related offences are not permitted under international law as they do not meet the threshold of the “most serious crimes”. Indonesian authorities have repeatedly referred to their execution plan as an effective tool in tackling drug trafficking, despite the lack of evidence to support this claim.

Join our call on President Joko Widodo to halt executions now

We are urging him to:

  • Immediately halt plans to carry out any executions;
  • Suspend all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty and to commute all death sentences to terms of imprisonment;
  • Ensure that the death penalty is not used for drug-related offences, which do not meet the threshold for the death penalty under international law.


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