Indonesia: Amnesty International deplores death penalty for drug offences
Posted: 30 October 2007
Human rights organisation expresses disappointment with Constitutional Court ruling
The Court ruled in a split decision not to support a legal challenge to repeal the provisions in the 1997 Narcotics Law.
Louise Vischer, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific anti-death penalty co-ordinator, said:
'It is particularly disappointing that this ultimate and extreme penalty is now being upheld.
"It is legitimate for the Indonesia government to take appropriate law-enforcement measures against drug offenders but there is no scientific evidence showing that the death penalty deters would-be traffickers more effectively than other punishments.'
It is feared that this decision will now impact negatively on the fate of over 90 prisoners currently held on death row in Indonesia.
The ruling flies in the face of a worldwide trend towards restricting and abolishing the death penalty. The UN General Assembly is expected to vote next month on a resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions.