Thursday, April 30, 2015

Aftermath of the Indonesian executions

The short comment stream on Indonesian executions - reflections on the death of eight prisoners, including Bali nine organisers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan drew out a few of the complexities in this case.

In the day since, Indonesian shares have tumbled, France is trying to maintain pressure in the case of Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, while a piece in the Jakarta Globe looks at the overall aftermath.It also has an editorial: Editorial: Damage Is Done, So What Next?.This concluded:
We believe it’s time for Joko to scrap all plans to execute more convicts. Enough is enough. He should have learned the lesson from this unprecedented international fiasco. This is the biggest diplomatic fallout since Indonesia’s annexation of Timor-Leste. 
Joko must now show the world that Indonesia is a nation with full respect for human rights principles — no more arbitrary killings in Papua, no more persecution of religious minorities, and no more murdering of drug convicts just to make a point. 
Indonesia can also show Australia how sorry we are, committing that our relations with the country will remain strong. We laud Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s intention to maintain ties with Indonesia. We should humbly welcome his statement that he is a friend of Indonesia.
As has been the case for some time, the Jakarta Post coverage is more restrained, less complete. This piece focuses on the death of Nigerian Okwudili Oyatanze. who was buried at the Eklesia Foundation orphanage in Ambarawa, Semarang regency, Central Java. It's quite a sad case. Again, I quote in part:
Oyatanze’s body arrived at the orphanage at noon on Wednesday. A large poster emblazoned with a message reading “Welcome Home Uncle Dili” was hung at the facility, referring to Oyatanze’s nickname. Reggae songs written by Oyatanze were played as his body arrived at the orphanage. Oyatanze was then buried in a cemetery near the orphanage. .
In a comment, my old friend John C wrote:"I think Australia handled it very badly too. Bali is not some playground for Australian drug smugglers. What Indonesia does to people who break their rules is not our business".

I don't think that it's quite as simple as that because of the range of issues involved. However, I would prefer to let some time pass before commenting further as opposed to reporting. 

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