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Families of death row inmates head to Indonesia

Activists protest in front of the Indonesian embassy in Manila on April 24, 2015, in support of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, who is facing imminent execution for drug trafficking in IndonesiaRelatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island on Friday ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger. Indonesia advised consular officials to go to Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where its executions are carried out, and where all of the death row convicts are now congregated. The foreigners — two from Australia, one each from Brazil, France and the Philippines, and four from Africa — have all lost appeals for clemency from President Joko Widodo, who argues that Indonesia is fighting a drugs emergency. Widodo has turned a deaf ear to increasingly clamorous appeals on the convicts’ behalf from their governments, from social media and from others such as Anggun, one of Indonesia’s most famous singers.

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