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New term, new chance to reevaluate death penalty

  • Parvais Jabbar and Ricky Gunawan

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 6, 2019   /  08:38 am
New term, new chance to reevaluate death penalty Illustration: death penalty. (JP/Budhi Button)

In the wake of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection, there is now room for renewed — and perhaps reinvigorated — discussion of Indonesia’s continued use of and reliance on capital punishment. On his campaign trail, Jokowi suggested a shift in focus toward human development and expressed his own desire to “save as many lives as possible”. As Indonesia seeks to revise its Criminal Code — which is long overdue — the time is ripe for wider discussions on criminal justice, as well as the motivations for and the effects of having the death penalty. The Death Penalty Project (DPP) returned to Indonesia in June with Prof. Carolyn Hoyle of the University of Oxford and Prof. Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University, both experts on capital punishment. Working alongside the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat), the Un...

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