Death Penalty Plea Set to be Ignored by Government
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.