Friday, February 27, 2015

President Widodo, hold your hand.

                 

                              Nusakambangan Island

In the first place, the death penalty belongs to the past, just as torture and slavery. Since the 1948 trumpet call in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. In the words of the Preamble, the Universal Declaration is “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”. This includes Indonesia, and applies to you its president. Our call to you is not interference in the affairs of you and your country; our appeal is to our shared humanity which transcends all national boundaries. Your order to kill our brothers and sisters, offends our humanity, lessens its value, and takes side with others who defy the world by taking human life for whatever reason.

You are transgressing against international law, which in a world where the death penalty has still been granted some legal tolerance, still grants exception to execution for premeditated homicide, but not for drug related crimes.

Your use of the death penalty is ineffective; there is no proof that execution deters crime, even to a marginal degree.

The world indeed suffers from a plague of drugs and it is our common challenge to find remedy for this curse on civilization. Please pay heed to the countries which have learned at the cost of countless lives that Capital Punishment is not the solution. The problem of drugs is a challenge which must depend on a concerted effort of all countries, who unite on the affirmation of the value of every life. It is also the task of every country to use all the resources of its beliefs, cultures, and traditions to counter the awful threat of drugs, a problem embedded in an addiction to gratification and a commercialism that pervades all. Play your part in this struggle to save our peoples from the plague of drugs and their trade.

Halt your preparations for death, the world holds breath as you get ready your island of death: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved with Mankind” John Donne
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Prison Population of Thailand



Category
male
female
Total
%
Trial complete
215,101
36,636
251,737
77.3
Incomplete
  63,310
10,439
  73,749
22.65
Juveniles
      164
        3
      167
  0.05
Total
278,575
47,068
325,653
100
Data on 25th December 2014
                                        Source: Department of Corrections

Notes: Thailand has the 6th highest prison population in the world, and related to population the highest female prison population.
1st US; 2,228,224
2nd China; 1,701,344
3rd Russia; 674,100
4th Brazil; 548,003
5th India; 385,185
6th Thailand; 325,653 (updated to 25th December 2014)
                     Source: Pocket World in Figures, Economist, 2015