United Nations urges Indonesia to abolish death penalty

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appeals to the Government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the execution, as announced, of ten prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes.

UN chief urged President Joko Widodo to urgently consider declaring a moratorium on capital punishment in Indonesia, with a view toward abolition.

“Under international law, if the death penalty is to be used at all, it should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, namely those involving intentional killing, and only with appropriate safeguards,” UN says. It added that drug-related offenses generally do not fall under the category of most serious crimes.

Indonesia is set to execute nine foreigners including one Filipina.