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Minister Flanagan condemns executions in Indonesia

European Union, Human Rights, Minister Charles Flanagan, United Nations, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2015


The Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has condemned the executions carried out in Indonesia yesterday.

Minister Flanagan said:

“I was saddened to hear reports that eight people were yesterday executed in Indonesia.

“While I abhor the misery and suffering the drug traffickers caused, applying the death penalty to those involved will not solve this problem. It is neither right nor effective.

“Our Embassy in Jakarta has been following the matter closely, and I remain in close touch with our Ambassador on this.

“Ireland, like all our EU partners, condemns unreservedly the use of the death penalty under any circumstances and we seek its universal abolition.

“We have been actively lobbying against the resumption of executions in Indonesia, along with other EU Embassies in Jakarta.

“The Indonesian authorities are in no doubt about Ireland’s views on the death penalty, or about the seriousness with which we consider this matter.

“I know there are many other people – foreign and Indonesian - on death row in Indonesia, whose situation is now all the more desperate. I appeal to the Indonesian government to pause and reflect on its current policy, and to suspend further executions.”

Press Office
29 April 2015

Note to editors:

  • Ireland has strongly supported the abolition of the death penalty both at EU and UN levels. We believe that its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights.
  • Ireland played an active role in the adoption of the revised EU Guidelines on the Death Penalty during our Presidency of the European Council in 2013. These guidelines provide EU officials with an overview of the legal and policy framework with which the death penalty is addressed.
  • Ireland also strongly supports and co-sponsors the EU-led resolution entitled “Moratorium on the use of the Death Penalty” at the UN Third Committee. In 2014, this resolution was adopted with 117 votes in favour, the highest number of votes it has ever received. The resolution calls for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.