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January 20, 2015

Why it's time to end the death penalty

AGO: there will be 60 inmates registered to be undergoing death penalty in the 21st century

Capital punishment / death penalty violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

the ultimate denial of human rights , the  premeditated & cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state
  The death penalty has no place in the 21st century, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, calling on all States take concrete steps towards abolishing or no longer practicing this form of punishment.
“Together, we can finally end this cruel and inhumane practice everywhere around the world,” said Mr. Ban in opening remarks to the special event “Best practices and challenges in implementing a moratorium on the death penalty,” co-organized at UN Headquarters by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN.
The special event is being held, according to a concept note on the proceedings, “in the spirit” of the aims of the annual resolution of the UN General Assembly on “Moratorium on the use of the death penalty” first adopted in 2007. That broad and inclusive text does not impose the abolition of the death penalty but rather proposes a moratorium on executions – de jure or de facto – with a view to abolishing the death penalty in the future.
At today’s event, which was moderated by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic, Mr. Ban noted that the Assembly will soon take up the resolution again. The efforts generated by the text have won a progressively broader margin of support from Member States, representing a variety of legal systems, traditions, cultures and religious backgrounds.
“[Yet], I remain very concerned, however, about shortcomings with respect to international human rights standards in countries that still apply the death penalty,” he said, adding that he is particularly troubled by the application of the death penalty for offences that do not meet the threshold under international human rights law of ‘most serious crimes,’ including drug-related offences, consensual sexual acts and apostasy.
The UN chief went on to express concern about legislation in 14 States that permits the death penalty on children as well as the new phenomenon of sentencing large groups of individuals to death in mass trials.
Against such a backdrop, he said that over the past two years, OHCHR has convened a series of important global panel events on the death penalty, focusing on wrongful convictions, deterrence and public opinion, and discrimination. Specifically, discriminatory practices in the imposition of the death penalty further reinforce the calls for its universal abolition.
Looking ahead to the next session of the General Assembly, he therefore called on all States to take action in three critical areas: ratify the Second Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty; support the resolution on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty; and take concrete steps towards abolishing or no longer practicing this form of punishment.

Both Indonesian human rights commission & women's rights commission oppose death penalty &

January 06, 2015

Bali Hotels Association Press Release on travel warning

Bali Hotels Association wishes to clarify the official statement issued by the Australian Government
There has been some recent hype surrounding the travel warning which is being sensationalized through the Australian Media. We would like to inform you that based on information BHA received from its security contacts that on the 5th January 2015, The Australian Smart Traveler advice changed with the following addition that on 3rd January 2015, the US Government warned a potential threat against US-Associated hotels and banks in Surabaya however that there is no known specific threat to Bali. BHA also received information that the Level of Advise remains at level 2 “Exercise a high degree of Caution” which it has been at since November 2014 when it was actually downgraded from “Reconsider your need to Travel” which had been in effect since 2002 bombings. In affect there has not been a change in Indonesia’s Travel advise in regards to security.
These statements are not related with the level of security or threat that Bali may experience. We are disappointed to read that this somehow normal information has been relayed in the press as a 'Travel Warning.'
We can only deplore, as we have done so for the last few years, that the Australian  travel warning system relays information that is often linked to hearsay, is not location specific and most importantly that each time new information (regardless of its importance to security) is posted, it pops-up as a 'change in travel warning' and every time replicating fears that are not founded.
Bali Hotels Association re-assures its readers, guests and partners that the current situation in Bali has not changed and that security measures that have been in place now since a few years are constantly monitored, audited and reviewed; tight and regular cooperation with police and other security and safety related agencies ensure that BHA member hotels and guests are well protected; security and safety standards of  BHA hotels are amongst the highest on the island and served as the basis of numerous safety and security policies in Indonesia and other parts of Asia.