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Death sentences on rise in RI amid worldwide decline

Don’t do it: Human rights activists stage a rally in Kota Tua, West Jakarta, on Wednesday to commemorate World Day against the Death Penalty. (The Jakarta Post/Vellen Augustine)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 23 2021

Indonesia recorded an increase in the number of death sentences last year, mostly for drug offenders, and with the COVID-19 pandemic prompting many trials to be held online, due process of law is at risk, according to Amnesty International.

One hundred seventeen new death sentences were meted out by Indonesian judges last year, a 46 percent increase from 80 of such sentences in 2019, an Amnesty International report published on Wednesday said. More than 85 percent of last year’s death sentences were given for drug-related offenses, while the rest were for murder.

The 2020 figure represents the highest number of death sentences in Indonesia since 2016 and stands in contrast to a 36 percent decline in death sentences worl...

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