The United Nations Secretary-General asked Indonesia to stop murdering drug offenders, most of whom are citizens of other countries including Australia, England, France, Nigeria, Brazil and the Philippines. Indonesia said last week that it will soon execute eight more drug offenders, including seven foreigners, in its terror campaign against drugs.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is from South Korea, told the Indonesian Foreign Minister Thursday that the executions are a violation of human rights.
Last year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered the murders of 64 drug offenders. The executions are politically popular in Indonesia but opposed by country’s civil rights leaders and about a third of voters..
The President had six drug offenders shot to death January 18, including citizens from Brazil, the Netherlands, Nigeria and Vietnam. (See memoriam below.)
The Obama administration has been silent on the execution of drug offenders, declining to mention it even in the State Department’s annual country-by-country report on human rights.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has increased support of the Indonesia crackdown and held its annual international drug conference there in 2012. (See this DEA advertisement to hire a chauffeur to drive its Attaché around Jakarta.)
By contrast, other countries, especially Australia, have been vocal in opposition to murdering drug offenders.Read more on doomed British grandma
Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are scheduled to be shot to death by a firing squad any day now for trying to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin from Indonesia to Australia in 2005. (Eight kilograms is worth about $160,000 in Indonesia and $2.5 million in Australia.)
The Australian Federal Police — equivalent to the FBI and DEA combined — are under fire for setting up the prosecution in Indonesia rather than Australia, which has abolished the death penalty. The AFP learned of the smuggling effort through a tip, informed the Indonesian police and encouraged the Indonesians to act rather than arrest the smugglers when then they arrived at the Sydney airport.
The tip came from the parent of one of the drug mules. The parent now accuses the AFP of giving the Australian smugglers to Indonesia, knowing they faced execution, to curry favor on terrorism investigations.
Australia has memorandums of understanding with many countries that impose the death penalty — including the United States — limiting law enforcement cooperation only in cases that cannot lead to execution. However, Australia does not have such an agreement with Indonesia, its close neighbor, because the door was open wide to help fight terrorism after a 2002 terrorism bombing in Bali killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.
The six drug offenders executed by firing squad in Indonesia at dawn on January 18, 2015.