GENEVA (28 March 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns, today urged the Indonesian Government to restrict the use of the death penalty in compliance with its international obligations, after reportedly carrying out the first execution in the country since November 2008.
“I deeply regret that Indonesia executed Mr. Adami Wilson despite appeals by UN human rights experts and civil society organisations not to carry out executions for drug related offences,” he said. According to reports, Mr. Wilson was executed by firing squad in Jakarta on 14 March 2013.
After the execution, Indonesia’s Attorney General announced that 20 prisoners convicted and sentenced to death will be executed later in 2013. Reportedly, around 130 people are believed to be on death row in Indonesia and more than half of them have been convicted of drug-related offences.