Gov´t Not Doing Enough to Save Indonesians From Death Row: ICJR

Thursday, 11 January 2018 , 09:00:00 WIB -

Human rights activists are seen demonstrating against capital punishment (Doc. /Edy Susanto)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) said the Jokowi-JK Administration needs to do more in saving Indonesian lives from the capital punishment.

"The government is only showing efforts in cases that have high diplomatic value while the Constitution, UUD 1945, mandates the government to save all Indonesians," said Erasmus A. T. Napitupulu, Acting Director, ICJR, to on Wednesday (10/1).

ICJR expressed its criticism in response to the Three-Year Achievements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs exhibition, in Jakarta on Tuesday (9/1). In her statement, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi showcased her important and strategic achievement, such as helping 9,894 Indonesians in trouble overseas, helping Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI) obtain their wage – up to Rp120 billion (US$8.4 million) has been returned – and freeing two Indonesian hostages in Southern Philippines. And save 14 Indonesians living abroad from the capital punishment.

"In the human rights perspective, ICJR appreciates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ achievements. Freeing someone from the capital punishment is not an easy task," Erasmus said.

However, Erasmus said the government has been discriminatory as they are too focused on cases overseas as they have diplomatic value. According to ICJR’s data, there have been three waves of death executions during President Joko Widodo’s tenure, two waves in 2015 and one in 2016. Twenty nine names (six of them were Indonesians) were planned to be executed, but only 18 were realized.

Meanwhile, based on data from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, 165 convicts are in the death row and 111 of them are Indonesians. President Joko Widodo has recently stressed that the government will reject all appeals for a pardon from narcotics convicts. (mag)