UN expert urges Indonesia to halt executions

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Christof Heyns

A UN human rights expert is urging Indonesia to stop executions in line with its international obligations.

Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, says any death sentence undertaken in contravention of a country's international human rights obligations is unlawful.

Indonesia recently carried out its first execution in more than four years.

Adami Wilson, a Malawian who had been convicted of drug-related charges, was executed by firing squad in the capital, Jakarta, on 14 March.

Mr. Heyns says Indonesia's Attorney-General has announced that 20 more prisoners will be executed this year, adding that more than half of the approximately 130 people on death row are there for drug-related offenses.

The UN expert says that under international law, the death penalty is regarded as an extreme form of punishment.

He says it should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, such as those involving intentional killing, and only after a fair trial.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'03

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