Indonesia may add some utterly horrific punishments to its already-barbaric arsenal of penalties for drug law violations, Al Jazeera reports.
The country is in the habit of making a public spectacle of its brutality against suspected drug dealers and users—executing large-scale dealers and parading minor drug offenders in front of the media in order to humiliate them.
But proposals now reportedly being considered by Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency belong in the sick imagination of a Bond villain. One of them is to force-feed drug dealers with their own narcotics until they die.
The country is currently experiencing a major drug crisis, with over four million problem users, according to government statistics. Slums are reportedly rife with crack dens and shooting galleries, and HIV has become an alarming health concern (exacerbated by the fact that access to clean needles is hampered by government policy).
Government officials admit that 70% of the prison population (whether or not they’re guarded by crocodiles) are incarcerated for low-level drug violations, and that there is an epidemic of HIV infection and intravenous drug use among prisoners. Treatment options are very limited, with a dubious-at-best, Scientology-based rehab program the only path for some inmates.
But not one of these problems will be solved by the adoption of a grotesque method of execution that would surely earn Indonesia the status of an international pariah.