Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Nigerian President, World Leaders and Activist React to Indonesia's Execution of Condemned Prisoners

World leaders condemned the execution of eight prisoners by the Indonesian government. The prisoners were shot early this morning on an execution island. various world leaders released statements condemning the act. Four out of the eight individuals killed this morning are Nigerians.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully:

"New Zealand is strongly opposed to the death penalty in all cases, and under all circumstances, "We have expressed our opposition to the death penalty to Indonesia and I made this clear when I met with the Indonesian Foreign Minister recently."

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff:

"marks a serious event in the relations between the two countries". This is Brazil's second citizen to be executed in Indonesia this year.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott: "cruel and unnecessary"

"The execution of these eight people for non-violent drug offences will do nothing to reduce the availability of drugs in Indonesia or other countries, or protect people from drug abuse." Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance said in a statement.

"All it demonstrates is the savagery of which governments are capable,"

Amnesty International:

"These executions are utterly reprehensible," Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International's Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement.

"They were carried out with complete disregard for internationally recognized safeguards on the use of the death penalty,"

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan:

Cockroach hissing. 

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