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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…

20 Indonesians on Saudi Death Row, 5 Charged with Witchcraft

Indonesia flagThe Indonesian Foreign Ministry's civil protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, revealed that there are at least 20 Indonesians that face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for various allegations.

Reports state that 15 of them are accused of murder charges while the other 5 are charged with sorcery accusations under Saudi Arabia's witchcraft law.

"[The witchcraft law] does not exist in our Constitution, but suspects of this type of case have a chance to be pardoned by the King. We have accompanied the Indonesians accused of murder charges since the beginning and we have acquired all of their records," said Muhammad Iqbal on Wednesday, March 21.

Furthermore, Iqbal explained that 2 people that are charged with murder have entered their legal proceeding's critical phase. 

It involves 2 Indonesian citizens Tuty Tursilawati and Eti binti Toyib, both who were indicted in 2011 before the government's citizen protection was still weak which presented difficulties for the Indonesian government to provide assistance.

The House of Representatives (DPR) Indonesian workers (TKI) supervisory team leader Fahri Hamzah urges the government to establish a stronger national data system that can thoroughly protect Indonesian workers overseas.

Meanwhile, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said that the Indonesian government has conducted several diplomatic and non-diplomatic approaches towards the Saudi Arabian government in an attempt to free the Indonesians that are currently on death row.

Source: tempo.co, March 22, 2018


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