Church criticizes Indonesia’s retention of death penalty
Catholic Church leaders in Indonesia have deplored the nation’s rejection of the abolition of the death penalty in the southeast Asian nation. Abolishing the death penalty was one of the recommendations put to Indonesia by member states at the 27th session of the U.N. Universal Period Review in Geneva, Switzerland. Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, who led the Indonesian delegation, rejected the recommendation, saying the death penalty was an integral part of President Joko Widodo’s fight against narcotics, which she said was one of the top-three causes of death among Indonesian youths.
Father Paulus Siswantoko of the Commission for