Norway Regrets Execution of 8 Drug Smugglers by Indonesia

Two Australians, four Nigerians and one Indonesian and one Brazilian who were convicted of drug smuggling were executed in Indonesia on Tuesday evening. Norway reacted to the execution of prisoners. 

– It is highly regrettable that Indonesia did new executions. I urge the Indonesian government to reintroduce its moratorium on the death penalty, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Since Indonesia lifted a perennial unofficial moratorium on the death penalty, the country has executed 14 prisoners, including several foreigners since January this year. 

Brende said that Norway rejects all use of the death penalty under any circumstances. Prime Minister Erna Solberg clearly expressed Norway’s fundamental opposition to the death penalty during her recent visit to Indonesia. She asked explicitly about the planned executions should not have be carried out.

– The death penalty is not compatible with respect for the dignity and sanctity and is itself inhumane and should not definitely be in the 21st century. The international effort to abolish the death penalty has come a long way. Today, more than four out of five countries abolished the death penalty either in law or practice. Therefore, it is highly regrettable that certain countries, including Indonesia, have recently reintroduced the practice of capital punishment, says Brende. 

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