Journal article

Indonesian capital punishment in comparative perspective

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Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia | Brill | Published : 2017

Abstract

Indonesia's execution of 14 narcotics prisoners in 2015 was a surprise. Capital punishment has been a persistent feature of Indonesia's legal system, but Indonesia had previously conducted few executions. New president Joko Widodo gave no prior signal that he strongly supported capital punishment. This article undertakes a comparative analysis of Indonesia's use of capital punishment under Widodo and his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. It finds capital punishment has persisted despite the presence of up to six of seven factors comparative scholars hold to be determinants of abolition. Its persistence shows political leadership supportive of capital punishment to be a formidable obstac..

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