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'No abolishment of capital punishment for drug offenses' JAKARTA - The government strongly rejects any proposals to abolish capital punishment for drug offenses on the ground of respect for human rights as all forms of criminal actions are in fact violations of these rights, as was said by Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh. Saleh said this at the session of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta to hear several of the cases of drug offenders sentenced to death who had filed requests for a review of articles mandating the death sentence.

On the argument that the right to life can't be reduced under any kind of circumstance as stated in an article in the 1945 constitution, Saleh said that the provision was actually qualified by another clause in the same constitution saying that in executing his or her rights and freedoms, every one must abide by rules laid down in laws.

The review requests were submitted to the court in two different dossiers. The first concerned the cases of four convicted drug offenders, three Indonesians and an Australian. The second dossier was about the case of another Australian. The two female death-row convicts are imprisoned in a women prison in Tangerang, Banten. The two Australian men in Grobongan, Bali. They filed the review requests with their own lawyers.

Saleh also said that the capital punishment for serious drug offenses in Indonesia had not deterred drug traffickers. But the situation would have been much worse if there were no laws against drugs dealing. "Without an anti-drug law, Indonesia would no doubt be threatened by the loss of an entire generation," he said.

Police Commissioner General I Made Mangku Pastika, executive chairman of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), was quoted in the Constitutional Court`s website that the number of drug cases in Indonesia had increased by 14.4 percent a year over the past five years. 15.000 people in Indonesia die every year of drug addiction. "This means, every day, 41 people die either because of a drug overdose or HIV/AIDS contracted through drug use," he said.

Hamid Awaluddin, Law and Human Rights Minister, said there were around 2.3 million drug users in the country. Prisons throughout the country were filled with 111.000 people and around 30 percent of them had arrived there because of drug.



Posted in Human rights @ 16 March 2007 18:04 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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