Forced rehabilitation of drug users in Indonesia not a solution

Earlier this year, Indonesia executed 14 people, including Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, for drug offences. President Joko Widodo portrayed the executions as the ultimate weapon in an expansive “war on drugs” deployed to protect the country’s young generation from an  alleged “national drug emergency”.

But his policy is harming the very people he claims he wishes to protect.

A problematic approach


The last wishes: Bali nine men brace for execution on Tuesday

Bali nine: Families arrive ahead of execution

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's friends and families head to Nusakambangan island to spend the last few days with the Australian pair ahead of their execution.

Myuran Sukumaran has painted what could be his last self-portrait: a torso with a palm-sized black hole over the heart dripping with blood.

The eerie painting, brought back from Nusakambangan by their lawyer Julian McMahon, is a portent of Bali nine pair's  ghastly fate –  death by firing squad.

ukumaran and Andrew Chan were officially given 72 hours warning of their executions on Saturday.


Jakarta Arrest: Selling Marijuana Brownies and Chocolates Online

Jakarta, – The National Narcotics Agency in Indonesia (BNN), together with the national police force, had arrested a syndicate of five people who were suspected of selling marijuana ‘brownies’ online. One of the alleged was a 38-year-old man identified as IR.

According to the Deputy Head of the BNN Deddy Fauzi Elhakim, as reported by the Jakarta Globe, BNN has also requested the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to close down the website that has been used to sell the marijuana brownies online. This action was taken since BNN does not have the authority to block the website while the Ministry is authorized to do so.


Video Report of the UN Drug Debate

Internationally, drug policy is at a crossroads: the debate is shifting from a paradigm based on criminalising drug users, to a more public-health-oriented approach. But is this only a change in rhetoric, or a sign of real political reform? We asked activists who have been attending the CND for several years. 



Tangerang gets high from marijuana fumes when Indonesian police burn three-ton pile

An Indonesian town was high on more than just life when police set fire to more than three tons of confiscated cannabis.    

Residents of Tangerang, 15.5 miles west of the capital Jakarta, reported suffering from headaches and dizziness after inhaling the tangy smoke given off by the bonfire. 

The 3.3 tons of marijuana were burned by Palmerah police at their subprecinct office in West Jakarta earlier this month.

A police officer throws packages of confiscated marijuana onto a fire in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in August last year. That fire destroyed two tons of the drug while the latest one in Tangareng burned 3.3


Drugs squad accidentally gets locals high while burning marijuana mountain

Community gets high as police destroy marijuana with massive bonfire

An Indonesian police force might want to rethink its drugs disposal policy after accidentally helping residents of one district get high as kite.

Destroying tonnes of marijuana in a big bonfire proved to be as reckless as it sounds as those witnessing the event started inhaling the fumes.

Journalists and locals began feeling dizzy as police officers, who were wearing masks, destroyed tonnes of marijuana stacked up in a field.


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