Indonesia Protests Saudi Execution of Migrant Worker Without Prior Notification

Tuti Tursilawati a mother of one was convicted of murdering her employer

Saudi authorities executed Tuti Tursilawati on Monday without informing the Indonesian government, Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The Saudi Embassy in Jakarta was unable to provide immediate comment.

Speaking about the incident, Indonesian politician Abidin Fikri said that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ignored principles of human rights, "including a right for everyone to live".

It said Indonesia should reverse its recent decision to allow a limited number of Indonesian migrant workers to Saudi Arabia despite a 2015 moratorium banning new domestic workers from entering 21 Middle Eastern countries.

In an attempt to prevent such disputes from arising, Indonesia pursued last week a mandatory consular notification agreement with Saudi Arabia, which Iqbal said had been "received positively" by the Saudi delegation.

Saudia Arabia's execution of an Indonesian maid who claimed her employer was trying to rape her has sparked fury and outrage in Jakarta.

Iqbal said they were surprised because nearly two weeks ago on October 19, Tuti was allowed to talk to her mother through a video call to say she was healthy and unworried about her execution.

Tuti Tursilawati was killed on Monday in the city of Ta'if, a city in Saudi Arabia's Mecca Province. She was sentenced to death in 2011 and was one of 18 Indonesians on death row in Saudi Arabia. Since her arrest in 2010 she had pleaded self-defense against frequent sexual harassment that she said finally led her to beat Suud Mulhaq Al-Utaibi to death with a stick.

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

Indonesia's Government has also called for a thorough probe into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia's strict version of Islamic sharia law.

Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest destination for Indonesian maids and earlier this month the two countries signed a new agreement to jointly "supervise, monitor, and evaluate" the workers.

Al-Jubeir promised to improve the protection of the more than 600,000 Indonesian migrant workers living in the kingdom, most of whom are domestic workers.

Observors say Indonesia is unable to criticize other countries that uphold capital punishment without appearing hypocritical.

"It turned out that Indonesia's request [to protect the rights of migrant workers] was ignored by executing Tuti", Wahyu Susilo, Executive Director of the group, said.

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