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Global pressures fail to sway RI on death penalty

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 9 2017   /  12:14 am

To mark World Day Against the Death Penalty, which falls on Oct. 10, United Nations human rights experts have issued a joint statement calling for urgent action to end the death penalty, which they say has been unfairly used against the poor.

“If you are poor, the chances of being sentenced to death are immensely higher than if you are rich. There could be no greater indictment of the death penalty than the fact that in practice it is really a penalty reserved for people from lower socio-economic groups,” the statement, issued on Friday, said.

But the UN experts’ argument — despite its resonance with Indonesia’s situation where many of its poorer citizens can easily fall victim to miscarriages of justice — seems to have hardly swayed the country’s stance on capital punishment.

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