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Minister Flanagan condemns executions in Indonesia

 

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.”


ENDS
Press Office
29 April 2015