Of course we can call out another country on their actions, but can i ask why it only happens when it involves Australians?
Im sorry of this sounds harsh, but there are much bigger injustices in the world that require intervention from human rights organizations. There are thousands of woman being kidnapped, raped and denied education every day in Africa? How often do we hear about them on the news?
There are an enormous amount of injustices. I agree. My response doesn't simply apply to the Bali drug runners. It encompasses all appalling human rights atrocities across the globe. I was responding to your "their house, their rules" and I refuse to accept that view. I simply refuse to accept it. There are governments all over the world committing horrors and we don't say "their house, their rules". Why should the plight of the Bali drug runners be left under that shrug of acceptance?
There is no point trying to figure out what's more important, who deserves more from human rights organizations. It's not able to be done. Human life is human life regardless of the country.
As for the news, we all know that news reporting in this country is pretty woeful. I agree, there are some incredibly news worthy incidents that don't get any coverage here. I see that as an entirely separate issue though.
I make no comment on whether they are rehabilitated or not, punishments are more than just rehabilitation. The potential harm that drug could/would have done is horrific including potential deaths.
People who are considering being a drug mule should watch a few episodes of Banged up Abroad. I have a miniscule amount of sympathy for drug runners who get caught.
My mother recently revealed to me that many years ago my eldest brother returned home after living in a different city for months. He came home an addict and she 'nursed' him through cold turkey and burnt all his drug paraphernalia. Somewhere, someone bought those drugs into the country and gave them to an impressionable teenager. Months later he returned to his parents as an addict and bought his gear with him when there were 2 small children in the house.
Bigger picture, at the end of the day challenging their sovereignty is dicey when they are our biggest neighbour, and one of our potential threats. There is no doubt in my mind some of this is politically motivated.
Changing the beliefs of a whole country, no matter abhorrent their beliefs are in this day and age, is never going to happen. Short of blowing the whole place up and starting again its impossible.
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