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PM urged to raise human rights abuses with Indonesia's president


Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Indonesia's human rights record must be raised by Prime Minister David Cameron when he meets the country's president, Amnesty International has insisted.

President Joko Widodo is to be granted the honour of addressing members of both Houses of Parliament as part of his visit to Britain, which also includes a meeting with Mr Cameron in Downing Street.

Amnesty has urged the prime minister to raise the case of British woman Lindsay Sandiford who is on death row in Indonesia. The 59-year-old former legal secretary from Cheltenham was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.

Papang Hidayat, Indonesia researcher at Amnesty International, criticised president Widodo's record.

"Trade deals must not be made by the UK government at the expense of condemning the deeply troubling human rights abuses which have taken place under president Widodo's leadership.

"This is a president whose ruthless 'war on drugs' led to 14 executions last year to the horror of the watching world, with more promised for this year.

"Mr Cameron should also be raising alarm over more than 100 canings from last year for perceived moral offences, including a 60-year-old Christian woman who allegedly sold some alcohol in Aceh province," Mr Hidayat said.