Statement of the Spokesperson of the German Federal Foreign Office on the executionsnnouncement of the Indonesian Attorney General's Office on the execution of the death penalty in Indonesia
The executions in Indonesia which took place on the 18th of January 2015, have not surprisingly found a broad and very critical echo within the media. In that context, the spokesman of the Federal Foreign Office made the following statement on 19th of January 2015:
"I would like to express the Federal Government’s dismay at the six executions that took place in Indonesia. Capital punishment is an inhuman and cruel form of punishment. We reject the death penalty under all circumstances.
Germany supports the Indonesian government’s attempts to fight the illegal drug trade. But according to all data there are serious doubts that capital punishment is an efficient deterrent to crime.
In the past years we have observed Indonesia being in the vanguard of the fight for better protection of human rights, both in South-East Asia as well as among Muslim majority countries.
We call on Indonesia to take on this role also within the areas of justice and criminal law, as well as to respect the right to life, and to return to the de facto moratorium on capital punishment. The Federal Government will continue to consequently pursue a worldwide abolition of capital punishment."
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