Govt urged to save Nepalis from Indonesia execution


INSEC has urged the government to take initiatives through diplomatic channels to save the life of five Nepali nationals who face death sentence in Indonesia.

Issuing a statement today, a day after execution of six individuals including five foreigners in Bali for drugs trafficking-related convictions, INSEC reminded the government that Nepal is a signatory of the international treaty which aims at the abolition of death penalty, and thus it was the government’s moral responsibility to save its citizens from the capital punishment.

Nepal has already ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989.

The Nepalis who were convicted of drugs trafficking in Indonesia and face death penalty have been identified as Bir Bahadur Gurung, Til Bahadur Bhandari, Bahar Tamang, Indra Bahadur Tamang and Nar Bahadur Tamang.

The foreigners who were executed by firing squad yesterday were citizens of the Netherlands, Nigeria, Brazil and Vietnam.

The national and international human rights watchdogs have deplored the executions, which were carried out for the first time after March 15, 2013, expressing their deep concerns over the capital punishment in drugs-related cases.

To protest the execution of their citizens, Brazil and the Netherlands have recalled their envoys from Indonesia.

Source: THT