Tuesday 17 October 2017

UN rights chief urges Indonesia to halt looming executions

Protesters attend a rally against the death penalty outside the presidential palace in Jakarta (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Protesters attend a rally against the death penalty outside the presidential palace in Jakarta (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

The UN human rights chief has urged the Indonesian government to abandon plans to execute more than a dozen people for drug offences.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the UN Human Rights Office is deeply concerned by lack of transparency and compliance with fair trial guarantees.

He urged the government to impose a moratorium on executions.

Security has been tightened at Nusa Kambangan prison island in preparation for the executions, which are expected within days.

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