Indonesian activists held a protest in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta demanding that Saudi Arabia abolishes the death penalty.
According to Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry, 13 Indonesian workers are on death row in Saudi Arabia for alleged crimes ranging from murder to drug trafficking, UCA News reported.
Earlier this year, Muhammad Zaini Misrin, 53, who went to Saudi Arabia to work as a driver in 2003, was executed after he was found guilty of murdering his employer in 2005. Migrant Care, an overseas workers’ advocacy group, claimed that Misrin did not receive a fair trial and that his execution was a “gross human rights violation”.
In October, Tuti Tursilawati, a domestic worker, was beheaded for killing her employer on May 22, 2010. Tursilawati was the sixth Indonesian to be executed in Saudi Arabia in the last five years.
Indonesian rights groups, former migrant workers and church members have protested and appealed to both the Saudi and Indonesian governments to stop the practice of executing migrant workers.
In Saudi Arabia, the death penalty is imposed for crimes including murder, rape, drug trafficking, adultery and burglary.