Under President Joko Widodo's administration, Indonesia has carried out three rounds of executions, where 18 people were executed. April 2017 marks two years since the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians who had shown remarkable transformation; and Rodrigo Gularte, a Brazilian national who had paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
In early May 2017, Indonesia was also reviewed at the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council. The issue of the death penalty was prominent in Indonesia's review. Although Indonesia continues to impose death sentences, it seems there are encouraging signs of moving towards a moratorium, if not abolition. Are there any real prospects for Indonesia to abolish the death penalty anytime soon?
We discussed this issue with our speaker Ricky Gunawan. Ricky is a human rights lawyer and Director of Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH) Masyarakat where he leads a team of dedicated lawyers providing free legal assistance for people facing the death penalty. Ricky represented Rodrigo Gularte in his final moments in April 2015. He also represented Humphrey Ejike, a Nigerian who was executed in July 2017 despite a pending clemency decision. With more than ten years of experience, Ricky has a wealth of knowledge on subjects related with the death penalty and criminal justice system. In this talk, he will also cover intersections on the issue such as mental health, discrimination, and drug policy.