PRESS RELEASE – In responding to news release of the Human Rights Committee dated 2 April 2015 titled ‘UN Human Rights Committee deplores Indonesia’s responses to its call to stop executions for drug-related crimes’
In responding to news release of the Human Rights Committee dated 2 April 2015 titled ‘UN Human Rights Committee deplores Indonesia’s responses to its call to stop executions for drug-related crimes’, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN, WTO, and Other International Organizations in Geneva conveys the following:
- It is just a plain fact that there is no authoritative intergovernmental consensus and agreement whatsoever for or against death penalty and categories of offences that are considered the most serious crimes. This has been demonstrated by the debates at the UN fora, including the Human Rights Council, on the death penalty.
- The fact is that the issue of death penalty cannot be solely seen through single perspective. More importantly, it is an issue of criminal justice system which falls under the sovereignty of a country. Justice, to be delivered on the basis of law, must be considered from various perspectives, such as the merit of the punishment, type and gravity of the crimes, and the perspective from the society, the victims and their family.
- We believe that the application of capital punishment is within the scope and consistent with Article 6 (2) of the ICCPR. In the application of this sentence, Indonesia ensures due process of law and exercises maximum restraint, as well as careful and selective approach in the imposition of capital punishment. The defendant´s right to a fair, open and transparent legal process is always observed and protected, and in fact, the drug convicted criminals were able to contest the legality of death penalty through the Constitutional Court. The death sentence is imposed only to those found guilty of crimes committed with a certain gravity and severity. As far as drug crimes are concerned, only those found guilty to be drug dealers, syndicates or producers will be punished by this sentence.
- The Permanent Mission regrets that the Committee fails to understand the comprehensive aspects of death penalty and to properly address the issue in a more objective and balanced manner. We believe that the current concern on death penalty in Indonesia is more politically motivated, rather than genuine concern on humanity.
Geneva, 2 April 2015
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