Indonesia in hot water after executing 6 through firing squad: Brazil, Netherlands recall top envoys

Indonesia is now on hot water after executing six individuals through firing squad. Five foreigners including nationals from Brazil, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria plus an Indonesian were executed Saturday around midnight for illegal drugs related cases.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo rejected several pleas for clemency including of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s. “What we do is merely aimed at protecting our nation from the danger of drugs,” Indonesian Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo told reporters.

This is the first since new Indonesian president assumed office.

In connection with the said execution, Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors to Indonesia. “The use of the death penalty, which the world society increasingly condemns, affects severely the relationship of our countries,” Brazilian presidency said in its official news agency.

“It is a cruel and inhuman punishment that amounts to an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity,” Dutch foreign ministry said.