Monday, November 23, 2015

One country at a time

Indonesia has announced a moratorium on executions:

Indonesian presidential chief of staff Luhut Panjaitan made the announcement, saying the country needs to focus on fixing its economy.

The decision comes seven months after the execution of convicted Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

"We haven't thought about executing a death penalty with the economic conditions like this," coordinating security minister Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters. He didn't elaborate.

Possibly that's a sign that the Australian boycott of Indonesia over their executions is working.

A moratorium is not repeal, and Indonesia has had moratoriums before them resumed executions. Still, anything that stops them killing people is a Good Thing - and hopefully, this time, it will become permanent.