Human Rights, State Sovereignty, and the Death Penalty: Indonesia’s Diplomacy Approach on Bali Nine

  • Yu Sin Huong Department of International and Strategic Studies Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya
  • Ying Hooi Khoo Department of International and Strategic Studies Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya

Abstract

The discrepancies in Indonesia’s diplomatic approach on the death penalty for its people abroad and other nationalities at home have raised ‘double standard’ concerns. By looking into the factors affecting Indonesia’s diplomatic approach to Australia using the case of Bali Nine, the study explored the rationale of the Indonesian government putting national interest over its human rights commitment despite the increased pressure on its death penalty practice in the debate between human rights and state sovereignty. This study used the interview method with two objectives. First, to investigate the factors influencing Indonesia’s diplomatic approach to the Bali Nine case, and second, to explore the conflict between human rights and state sovereignty by drawing upon the theoretical framework on human rights and foreign policy as proposed by Jack Donnelly. The finding of this paper suggests that human rights interests are subordinated to other national interests in balancing the objectives of Indonesia’s diplomacy on the drug-related death penalty practice.

 

Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
HUONG, Yu Sin; KHOO, Ying Hooi. Human Rights, State Sovereignty, and the Death Penalty: Indonesia’s Diplomacy Approach on Bali Nine. Journal of International Studies, [S.l.], v. 15, p. 1-20, dec. 2019. ISSN 2289-666X. Available at: <http://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/jis/article/view/jis2019.15.1>. Date accessed: 22 oct. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.32890/jis2019.15.1.