Tuesday 1 August 2017

Indonesian President Widodo issues a shoot-to-kill order against Drug traffickers

Widodo just made a Duterte.

Indonesian President  Joko Widodo just made Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte more famous.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo seen here having a quick huddle with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the former has drawn himself direct comparison with the latter after he issued a shoot-to-kill order against drug traffickers last month. (photo credit to Inquirer)

Just last month the Indonesian president issued a shoot-to-kill order to its Indonesian National Police and its military against drug dealers and traffickers, most especially foreign perpetrators. This call was brought about by the drug situation in Indonesia which they fear to have risen into a national emergency status.

Indonesia has one of the world’s toughest drug laws, and is one of the remaining thirty three(33) countries that still use capital punishment (death penalty) for drug related offenses.

"If they resist arrest, just gun them down, show no mercy." said by the Indonesian president, while in a speaking engagement in Jakarta. The statements of the Indonesian president have drawn direct comparisons to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte, who has been hugging the “limelight” for alleged thousands of killings all of which has been connected to his brutal war on drugs.

Heroin, marijuana, ecstacy, and methamphetamine, or popularly known as Shabu or crystal meth, are the drugs of choice for Indonesia’s estimated 1.2 million drug-abusers, similar to those preferred by drug addicts in many countries in the South East Asian region.

Tito Karnavian, the Indonesian National Police chief, believes  that death penalty is an effective way to combat drug dealers, despite endless debate regarding its effectiveness.

"From the practice in the field, we see that when we shoot at drug dealers they go away," he added, referring to President Duterte's shoot-to-kill order to the Philippine National Police. "So if such a policy were implemented in Indonesia, we believe that the number of drug traffickers and users in our beloved country would drop drastically." said Karnavian.

The remarks however made Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia, Mr Phelim Kine. Denounce such move saying that : "Duterte's drug war is not about 'capital punishment' - a judicially imposed sentence after a criminal trial - but a police-led summary killing campaign that that has killed more than 7,000 Filipinos since Duterte took office."
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