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Jakarta Post

As executions drop, review death penalty

  • Usman Hamid
    Usman Hamid

    Director of Amnesty International Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 12, 2018   /  09:49 am
As executions drop, review death penalty A group of activists stages a protest in Semarang, Central Java, to reject the death penalty. (

The global trend to resort to the death penalty decreased in 2017. The good news is that Indonesia played a part in this positive trend by not carrying out any executions and reducing the number of death sentences imposed. The bad news: The country still keeps the death penalty in its laws, meaning the constant threat of the ultimate cruel and inhuman form of punishment still looms over more than 260 people on death row. Amnesty International published on April 12 its “Global Report on Death Sentences and Executions in 2017”, which revealed that executions recorded around the world continued to decrease, from 1,032 in 2016 to 993 in 2017. This does not include the thousands of people believed to have been executed in China, which remained the world’s top executioner. Despite the resumption of executions in four countries in the Middle East, the number of executing...

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