Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Indonesian maid who killed her rapist executed in Saudi Arabia

Indonesian maid who killed her rapist executed in Saudi Arabia

Tursilawati's d‌‌e‌at‌‌h is the fourth case in three years where Saudi Arabia failed to notify Jakarta when carrying out exe‌cutio‌ns of Indonesian migra‌nt workers on de‌‌‌at‌‌h‌ row, which there are now 18.

The Saudi embassy has not responded to Jakarta calls.

Many Indonesians have sought work in Saudi Arabia anyway.The two countries agreed last month to ease those restrictions, allowing a limited number of Indonesian workers to go to Saudi Arabia.

Indonesia, which has a high population of workers based in the Gulf state, had repeatedly asked the Saudi government to improve protection of its citizens there.

In a shocking incident, Saudi Arabia has executed an Indonesian maid for killing her boss - while he was trying to rape her. They discussed migrant workers' rights as well as the importance of having consular notification when carrying out exe‌cuti‌o‌n‌s.

Tursilawati was charged with premeditated murder after she beat her employer's father to death with a stick in 2010, the Jakarta Post reports.

But safety concerns led Indonesia to temporarily bar domestic workers from going to the Middle East from 2011 to 2013.In 2015, it barred them from going to 21 countries, mostly in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia executed two Indonesian domestic workers in one week on murder convictions.

Marsudi added that the death penalty took place despite the Indonesian government's attempts to provide "maximum legal assistance" by appealing Tursilawati's death sentence in court and sending a letter to King Salman in Saudi Arabia.

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The office of the cabinet secretary cited the Migrant Care assertion.

Amnesty International Indonesia said that Saudi Arabia had damaged diplomatic ties and had behaved unethically.

Accordng to, Migrant Care, an NGO advocating for the rights of Indonesian workers overseas, also condemned the execution.

"We also urged the Indonesian government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty as the first step to abolishing it for all types of crimes", Usman said.

And it comes as Saudi Arabia faces continued calls to explain the death of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The stance was reiterated during al-Jubeir's recent visit to Indonesia.

"It just isn't logical that Indonesia requests another country to release one of its citizen from the death row when Indonesia itself still practices the inhumane and violent punishment", Usman said.

Civil Rights Groups Urge Government to Act Local and global civil rights groups urged meanwhile the government to make concrete efforts to protect Indonesian migrant workers in the Middle East.

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