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Indonesia rejects international pleas to halt executions

Jul 28, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Indonesia rejects appeals from the UN and EU to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts including foreigners as speculation mounts they could face the firing squad in a matter of hours

HIGH SECURITY. An Indonesian navy boat patrols the waters of Nusa Kambangan island, home to a high-security prison where Indonesia conducts executions, in Cilacap, Central Java province on July 27, 2016. Rohmat Syarif/AFP

UN expresses alarm at looming Indonesian executions

Jul 27, 2016 - 5:38 PM

UPDATED The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expresses alarm at the planned executions

NO TO EXECUTIONS. A woman lights candles in front of Kerobokan prison before Indonesian police transfered the death-row Australian prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from Kerobokan Prison to Nusakambangan Prison in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, March 4, 2015. EPA/MADE NAGI

72 hours notice: Indonesia to execute foreign drug convicts this week

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Nationals from Pakistan India Nigeria and Zimbabwe are expected to be executed alongside Indonesians

TO NUSAKAMBANGAN. Indonesian policemen arrive to cross to Nusakambangan island at the Cilacap port, the only gate to Indonesia's highest security Nusakambangan prison in Cilacap on July 25, 2016. Photo by Bayu Nur/AFP

New executions looming in Indonesia

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:03 PM

President Joko Widodo refuses to back down insisting Indonesia is facing an emergency due to rising narcotics use and that drug traffickers must be harshly punished

EXECUTIONS LOOM. An Indonesian girl walks past pictures of executed Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan (R) and Myuran Sukumaran (C), and Indonesian Zainal Abidin, on display at Saint Carolus funeral home in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 29, 2015. File photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Jokowi insists death penalty established law in Indonesia

May 09, 2015 - 6:13 PM

UPDATED My duty as president of Indonesia is to carry out the law and I’m sure other countries will understand this

INTERVIEW. President Joko Widodo in an interview with Al Jazeera. Screenshot from interview video.

Hundreds mourn Australian executed in Indonesia

May 09, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Under unimaginable circumstances Myuran was making the most potent and powerful anti death penalty images the world has seen in a long long time

People sign a book of remembrance before attending the funeral of convicted Bali Nine drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran in Castle Hill, Sydney, Australia, May 9, 2015. Photo by David Moir/EPA

They asked for mercy, but there was none

May 07, 2015 - 3:10 PM

I can never understand why they had to be shot to death especially after they had repented and shown remorse

WAITING. Michael Chan (C), the brother of Australian death-row prisoner Andrew Chan, walk at Wijayapura port accompanied by family members and embassy officials as they visit Nusakambangan prison island, in Cilacap, Indonesia, 28 April 2015. Photo by Adi Weda / EPA

Fact or fiction? UP deans on Inquirer's Mary Jane Veloso coverage

May 06, 2015 - 6:40 PM

The PDI s inaccurate and biased reports constitute a breach both of the standards of journalism and the trust of the Filipino people

A lawyer's call for unity: 'Save all Mary Jane Velosos'

May 06, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Future legal and political campaigns for Filipinos on death row abroad may be modelled or improved upon the SaveMaryJane efforts

Australian police defend alerting Indonesia to 'Bali Nine'

May 04, 2015 - 12:10 PM

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said he regrets that Indonesia executed the men but does not believe he owes Chan and Sukumaran s families an apology

NOT SORRY. Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Andrew Colvin speaks to the media during a press conference in Canberra, Australia, May 4, 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

The right of Mary Jane Veloso's family to their rage and pain

May 03, 2015 - 2:11 AM

I urge netizens not just to know the full story first – and the story does not merely begin in the hour leading up to Mary Jane Veloso s suspended execution

SLAMMING GOVERNMENT. Celia Veloso, mother of Philippine death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, speaks during a protest near the Philippines' presidential palace to mark Labor Day on May 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Bodies of Australians executed in Indonesia arrive home

May 02, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Reports say the bodies of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are on the flight which touched down in Sydney early Saturday and also carried their respective relatives

BALI NINE. Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) are seen in a holding cell in Denpasar, Bali, in 2006. File photo by AFP

DFA hits Velosos' claims: We helped Mary Jane

May 01, 2015 - 10:56 PM

We did what we could We were not involved in the creation of the problem Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says

SLAMMING GOVERNMENT. Celia Veloso, mother of Philippine death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, speaks during a protest near the Philippines' presidential palace to mark Labor Day on May 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

The miracle in Mary Jane Veloso's case

May 01, 2015 - 3:56 PM

I had always imagined her as a typical blonde or red haired woman Not this To my surprise she also speaks Bahasa Indonesia The warden said she learned it during her 5 years in prison Mary Jane it turned out is the prison’s darling

SAVED FROM DEATH. Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Indonesia sympathy over executions a good sign for ties: Australia

May 01, 2015 - 12:35 PM

It s a sign that decent people in Indonesia appreciate the anger that Australians feel at these cruel and unnecessary deaths says Abbott

GRIM. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, April 28, 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso's family to Aquino: 'Taumbayan ang tumulong'

May 01, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The Velosos are grateful for the overwhelming public support they received during their ordeal in Indonesia when Mary Jane was scheduled to be executed by firing squad

WELCOME HOME. The family emerges at the airport wearing T-shirts printed with these calls: "Justice for Mary Jane! Justice for all migrant workers.”

Mary Jane Veloso, UN for Nepal, Mayweather vs Pacquiao | The wRap

Apr 30, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso reunites with her family The UN appeals for aid for Nepal Pacquiao and Mayweather vow to give a fan friendly fight

Aquino: Fast-track case vs Mary Jane's recruiter

Apr 30, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for her part says the National Bureau of Investigation is also trying to get the statements of the other victims

Indonesia must investigate claims of corruption in execution cases

Apr 30, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Doubts about a fair trial abound in most of the cases of those who were executed early Chan and Sukumaran were not the only ones whose trial processes are controversial

An Indonesian girl walks past pictures of executed Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan (R) and Myuran Sukumaran (C), and Indonesian Zainal Abidin, on display at Saint Carolus funeral home in Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 April 2015. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Political pressure spurring Indonesian leader's execution drive: analysts

Apr 30, 2015 - 5:43 PM

He understands that Indonesians want a firm leader he wants to show that he is a firm president says a political expert

INTERVIEW. President Joko Widodo in an interview with Al Jazeera. Screenshot from interview video.

How the viral petition to save Mary Jane Veloso reached Jokowi

Apr 30, 2015 - 4:44 PM

The SaveMaryJane campaign proves that even in the darkest of hours it is worth holding on to the tiniest inch of hope because a fight to save a person’s life is always a battle worth fighting for

Briton on Indonesia death row fears execution soon

Apr 30, 2015 - 3:34 PM

Sandiford claims she was coerced into trafficking and her family recently launched a fundraising drive to raise the money needed to lodge an appeal

A British drug trafficking convict on death row, identified as Lindsay Sandiford, seen at the court during her trial at Denpasar district court in Bali, Indonesia, 20 December 2012. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

PH mulls new clemency bid for Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 30, 2015 - 3:23 PM

Before deciding on this the Philippines awaits the results of the case to be filed against Mary Jane Veloso s alleged illegal recruiter

'TRAFFICKING VICTIM.' Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on April 21, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mentally ill Brazilian was 'not aware' of imminent execution

Apr 30, 2015 - 3:13 PM

Oh Father am I being executed?

An Indonesian clergyman, nuns and mourners pray in front of Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte's coffin at Saint Carolus funeral Home in Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 April 2015. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Australia calls for regional fight against drug trade after executions

Apr 30, 2015 - 1:04 PM

Australia wants to have discussions with Indonesia and other neighbors on the region s efforts to deal with the scourge of drug trafficking in and out of our countries

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (R) and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) speak to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, April 27, 2015. Lukas Coch/EPA

Nigeria expresses 'deep disappointment' at Indonesia executions

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Abuja said President Goodluck Jonathan and Foreign Minister Aminu Wali had made spirited appeals for clemency

An ambulance carries the body of one of the eight death-row prisoners as it drive out from Nusakambangan Island prison in Cilacap, Indonesia, April 29, 2015, after Indonesian authorities executed eight out of nine drug convicts by firing squad. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso reunites with family

Apr 30, 2015 - 10:21 AM

She is reunited with her family briefly a day after she is spared from facing a firing squad

Celia Veloso (center) arrives at the Wirongunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to visit her daughter Mary Jane, April 30, 2015. Rappler photo

How Indonesian activists helped change Jokowi's mind on Mary Jane

Apr 30, 2015 - 7:40 AM

Migrant Care executive director Anis Hidayah shares what went on during that emergency meeting on Mary Jane Veloso

INTERVIEW. President Joko Widodo in an interview with Al Jazeera. Screenshot from interview video.

Filipinos worldwide rejoice over Mary Jane's reprieve

Apr 30, 2015 - 3:22 AM

The Filipino groups also express their condolences to the families of the 8 others executed for drug convictions

Jokowi on Mary Jane Veloso: I listened to rights groups

Apr 29, 2015 - 10:38 PM

President Jokowi did not only consider President Aquino s last minute appeal for Mary Jane Veloso s life but also human rights activists

President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, share a light moment following their joint press statement at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace during the State Visit to the Philippines on Monday (February 09, 2015). This is President Widodo’s first State Visit to the Philippines. In the spirit of ASEAN solidarity, it is tradition on the part of a new head of state to immediately conduct introductory visits to fellow ASEAN Member States. Indonesia was the Philippines’ 11th largest trade partner in 2013, with total trade amounting to US$3.62billion. The Philippines and Indonesia enjoy excellent bilateral relations and cooperate extensively in numerous areas.

ASEAN treaty helps save Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Completed in 2004 this Southeast Asian treaty obliges countries to help each other in fighting crimes across their borders

SAVED FROM DEATH. Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mulya Lubis: Defender of Chan-Sukumaran and human rights in Indonesia

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:37 PM

There would have been no one better than Lubis to defend the young Australians on death row

An Indonesian girl walks past pictures of executed Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan (R) and Myuran Sukumaran (C), and Indonesian Zainal Abidin, on display at Saint Carolus funeral home in Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 April 2015. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso's recruiter brought to Camp Crame

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED Maria Kristina Sergio and her live in partner Julius Lacanilao arrive at the PNP headquarters in Quezon City past 5:30 pm

Ma. Kristina Sergio, alleged recruiter of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, faces the media after arriving at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday to seek protective custody from the PNP. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Indonesian stocks plunge after executions

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The executions were not foreign investor friendly

Australian actor John Jarratt at Martin Place in tribute to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Australia, April 29, 2015. Photo by EPA

Aquino 'broke protocol' to save Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 29, 2015 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine government narrates last minute behind the scenes moves to save 30 year old Mary Jane Veloso from Indonesia s death row

STRONG TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gets a chance to confer with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea

How Mary Jane Veloso's sisters learned of her fate

Apr 29, 2015 - 2:12 PM

Sisters Darling and Maritess didn t know Mary Jane was still alive until 15 minutes after shots were heard from the execution island

Mary Jane's sister Maritess. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos

Jokowi: ‘Mary Jane Veloso deserves justice’

Apr 29, 2015 - 1:35 PM

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he ‘listens and pays attention to’ human rights activists and urges them to continue giving inputs in decision making

SAVE MARY JANE. Indonesian activists hold candles during a a vigil supporting Mary Jane Veloso outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 27, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso back in Yogyakarta prison

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Veloso is back at the Wirongunan Penitentiary after an 11th hour reprieve

Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Indonesia defends executions after convicts die singing

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED Indonesian attorney general: We are fighting a war against horrible drug crimes that threaten our nation s survival

'WHY GO?' A hand painted sign left is seen outside the Indonesian Consulate in Maroubra, Sydney, Australia, April 29, 2015. Dan Himbrechts/EPA

Reprieve allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED The Philippines says the surrender of Maria Kristina Sergio Mary Jane Veloso s alleged illegal recruiter played a big part in Veloso s reprieve

IN SOLIDARITY. Indonesian activists wearing masks depicting Filipino migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso attend a vigil outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Migrante: Let’s bring Mary Jane Veloso home

Apr 29, 2015 - 9:38 AM

UPDATED Migrante International says it already has 3 witnesses against alleged recruiter Maria Kristina Sergio whose surrender prompted the Indonesian government to delay Mary Jane s execution

SAVE MARY JANE. Militants light candles and offer their prayers for Mary Jane Veloso and to a stop of her execution during the vigil rally in front of the Indonesian Embassy in Makati on April 25, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Australian condemnation after Indonesia execution reports

Apr 29, 2015 - 4:23 AM

A top official from Australia s foreign ministry called the death penalty an abuse of state power after the reported execution of two Australian drug convicts in Indonesia

STILL HOPING. Letters made out of flowers reading 'Keep Hope Alive' seen at a vigil for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran, the two Australians in Indonesia's death-row, in Sydney, Australia, 27 April 2015. Photo by Dan Himbrechts / Australia and New Zealand Out / EPA

Indonesia executes foreign drug convicts, defying global anger

Apr 29, 2015 - 4:10 AM

UPDATED Indonesia on Wednesday executed 7 foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour

WAITING. Michael Chan (C), the brother of Australian death-row prisoner Andrew Chan, walk at Wijayapura port accompanied by family members and embassy officials as they visit Nusakambangan prison island, in Cilacap, Indonesia, 28 April 2015. Photo by Adi Weda / EPA

PH on Mary Jane Veloso: 'God answered our prayers'

Apr 29, 2015 - 3:29 AM

Mary Jane Veloso s mother Celia says the order to delay her daughter s execution proves that miracles happen

IN SOLIDARITY. Indonesian activists wearing masks depicting Filipino migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso attend a vigil outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso execution delayed

Apr 29, 2015 - 1:39 AM

UPDATED Eight other death row convicts – 7 of them foreigners – were put to death after midnight local time Veloso s execution was delayed due to a last minute plea from the Philippine government

Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

After 5 years, Mary Jane Veloso goes viral

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:05 AM

What does it take to to talk about an issue as big as Veloso s? Looming death apparently

Australia, EU, France urge Indonesia to cancel executions – statement

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:56 PM

We fully respect the sovereignty of Indonesia But we are against the death penalty in our country and abroad

Filipino protesters stage a demonstration as they wait for the imminent execution of a Filipino mother, in front of the Indonesian embassy in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, April 28, 2015. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Death penalties around the world

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:44 PM

UPDATED Rappler looks at 20 of 58 countries that impose the capital punishment

Indonesia: Mary Jane Veloso to be executed on Wed 1am

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:38 PM

4th UPDATE Indonesia s attorney general confirms that executions will begin at 1am on Wednesday midnight in Indonesia Mary Jane Veloso is to be the third in line

Mary Jane’s execution, Petilla’s 2016 plans, Pacquiao in Las Vegas | The wRap

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Mary Jane Veloso will be executed Energy Secretary Petilla will run for a legislative post Pacquiao arrives in Las Vegas