Don’t execute 10 drug offenders, UN tells Indonesia

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appealed to the Government of Indonesia to halt the impending execution, as announced, of the 10 on death row for alleged drug-related crimes.

The appeal is contained in a statement issued in .

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Ban said “under international , if the death penalty is to be used at all, should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, namely those involving intentional killing, and only with appropriate safeguards”.

Drug-related offences generally, he said, were considered to fall under the category of “most serious crimes”.

The Secretary-General reiterated that the United Nations was opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.

He thus urged President Joko Widodo to urgently consider declaring a moratorium on capital punishment in Indonesia as a first step towards abolishing the practice.