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Jakarta Post

Activists renew calls for moratorium of death penalty

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:45 am

Human rights groups have renewed calls for the Indonesian government to halt, if not abolish, implementation of the death penalty, as a newly released study indicates declining trends on the use of capital punishment globally.

An annual report on the death penalty released by Amnesty International last Thursday revealed a global decrease in executions from 2016 to 2017, down by 4 percent, from 1,032 to 993 cases, with Indonesia making slight progress by not executing any death row inmates last year.

The number of death sentences recorded globally also decreased by 17 percent, from 3,117 in 2016 to 2,591 in 2017, during which Indonesia sentenced to death 47 convicts, mostly for drug-related crimes, in a slight decline compared to 60 death sentences handed down by Indonesia in 2016.

“The global declining trends provide an opportunity for Indonesia to review its use o...