UN rights chief urges Indonesia to halt looming executions


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief has urged the Indonesian government to abandon plans to execute more than a dozen people for drug offenses.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussien said Wednesday the U.N. Human Rights Office is “deeply concerned” by lack of transparency and compliance with fair trial guarantees.

He urged the government to impose a moratorium on executions.

Security has been tightened at Nusa Kambangan prison island in preparation for the executions, which are expected within days.

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