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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Indonesia Put to Death 79 Drug Dealers, Rehabilitated 1,523 Addicts in 2017

BNN Drug bust
Jakarta. In 2017, the National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, killed 79 drug dealers in raids across the country, recorded 465,070 drug-related cases, and rehabilitated 1,523 addicts, a top official said on Wednesday (27/12).

"There is a narcotics emergency, we take tougher measures to overcome the crime," BNN head Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso Budi said during a year-end press conference in Jakarta.

Budi said 580,365 people have been arrested this year in drug-related cases.

He added that BNN is closely cooperating with the Directorate General of Customs in combating the crime.

Customs director general Heru Pambudi said the cooperation is necessary, as most of the drugs sold in Indonesia come from abroad.

"We seized 2,2124 tons of narcotics this year, [last year] it was 1.1 tons," he said.

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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo last year ordered rehabilitation of 100,000 drug users.

Unfortunately, only 1,523 people could undergo therapy, due to limited availability of beds at rehabilitation centers. However, the quality of rehabilitation programs has improved, Budi said.

"We have improved our facilities in January 2017 … we can guarantee that those who finish the rehabilitation programs are clean [of drugs]."

Source: Jakarta Globe, Telly Nathalia, December 27, 2017


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