Death Penalty Plea Set to be Ig­nored by Gov­ern­ment

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The In­done­sian gov­ern­ment is tipped to re­ject a call from the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil to drop the death penalty, ac­cord­ing to a hu­man rights ac­tivist.

Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Hu­man

Rights (Kom­nas HAM) Com­mis­sioner Muham­mad Nurkho­iron told Tempo on Sunday, Aug. 20, the gov­ern­ment would re­ject 20 of 75 rec­om­men­da­tions made by the in­ter­na­tional body.

The rec­om­men­da­tions are part of a UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil uni­ver­sal pe­ri­odic review is­sued in May which had made 225 rec­om­men­da­tions on hu­man rights in the coun­try. Of these, 150 were ac­cepted and re­lated to ed­u­ca­tion, re­li­gious free­doms and the pro­tec­tion of vul­ner­a­ble and dis­abled peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Tempo.

The UN made a dozen rec­om­men­da­tions on the death penalty in­clud­ing a mora­to­rium. Kom­nas HAM will con­tinue de­lib­er­a­tions with the gov­ern­ment ahead of the fi­nal de­ci­sion in Septem­ber, a dead­line set by the UN.

The death penalty re­mains a con­tro­ver­sial issue in In­done­sia, with lo­cal ac­tivists cam­paign­ing for its re­moval after a mora­to­rium un­der for­mer pres­i­dent

Susilo Bam­bang Yud­hoy­ono was lifted by Pres­i­dent Joko ‘Jokowi’ Wi­dodo.

Cur­rently 67 peo­ple have been is­sued the death penalty in In­done­sia.

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