INDONESIA: USE OF DEATH PENALTY INCREASED
|President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
March 17, 2009: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has overseen a steep increase in the country's use of the death penalty, a human rights group says.
Nineteen people have been executed since Yudhoyono took over in 2004, compared to a total of just four executions under his predecessors Megawati Sukarnoputri and Abdurrahman Wahid, rights group Imparsial says.
"All of Indonesia's presidents have failed to observe human rights, no exception," Imparsial's Bhatara Ibnu Reza told AAP.
"But in practice, SBY has overseen the most executions."
Ten people were executed in 2008, including Bali bombers Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas, who faced a firing squad in November.
Since Yudhoyono was elected, Indonesia's courts have sentenced 57 people to death, including three Australians.
Heroin smugglers Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and Scott Rush - three of the so-called Bali Nine - are currently on death row, with plans to lodge a final legal appeal.
If that appeal is rejected, their only hope will become presidential clemency. (Sources: AAP, 17/03/2009)