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Death Penalty Not the Solution for Drug Crimes, Rights Group Warns

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Sejumlah kerabat dan keluarga mengangkat peti berisi jenazah terpidana mati kasus penyalahgunaan narkoba berkewarganegaraan Indonesia, Freddy Budiman ketika tiba dirumah keluarga di Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Jumat (29/7). Freddy Budiman merupakan satu dari empat terpidana mati kasus narkotika yang dieksekusi di Lapas Nusakambangan, Cilacap, Jawa Tengah. ANTARA FOTO/M Risyal Hidayat/aww/16.
Sejumlah kerabat dan keluarga mengangkat peti berisi jenazah terpidana mati kasus penyalahgunaan narkoba berkewarganegaraan Indonesia, Freddy Budiman ketika tiba dirumah keluarga di Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Jumat (29/7). Freddy Budiman merupakan satu dari empat terpidana mati kasus narkotika yang dieksekusi di Lapas Nusakambangan, Cilacap, Jawa Tengah. ANTARA FOTO/M Risyal Hidayat/aww/16.

Jakarta. Death penalty is not the right solution for drug-related crimes, a Jakarta-based legal rights group said after Indonesia executed four convicted drug offenders on Friday (29/07).

Despite international condemnation, the Indonesian government pressed ahead with the third round of executions, citing what it has declared a state of emergency over drug abuses in the country.

The number of drug users Indonesia in 2015 was recorded at more than 5 million, an increase of around 2 million from 2008, according to data from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN). This is despite the Indonesian government having put to death 21 drug convicts from 2004 until 2015.

“Capital punishment has been proven to be ineffective in reducing rates of drug-related or other crimes,” Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation director Alghifarri Aqsa said on Friday. “It instead violates the right to life that should never be diminished in any way.”

Three Nigerians and an Indonesian faced the firing squad in the early hours of Friday on the prison island of Nusakambangan off Cilacap, Central Java. It is not clear when the ten other death row inmates on the island, most of whom are foreign nationals, will get their turn.

The government has called on the international community to respect Indonesia’s right to exercise its justice system. 14 convicted drug offenders were executed in Indonesia in 2015.

Source: http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/death-penalty-not-solution-drug-crimes-rights-group-warns/

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