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Indonesian academics call on Jokowi to end death penalty for drugs crimes

2015-06-06 16:10

Indonesian academics call on Jokowi to end death penalty for drugs crimes

in an open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, published in the leading health journal The Lancet, according to the Asian Correspondent.

 

The group of experts question the validity of the estimates of drug use frequently used to suggest Indonesia is in the grip of a national drug emergency requiring a large-scale drug war, and call on the President to invest in more accurate data collection. The group are concerned that the government has used the estimates as the basis for national policies without providing sufficient opportunity for independent peer review.

 

Signatories to the open letter argue in favour of establishing an independent, multi-sectoral committee on drug use comprising relevant government agencies, national ministries, researchers, service providers and community leaders tasked with reviewing available drug related data, setting priorities, recommending evidence-informed actions and monitoring progress.

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