Saturday, 20 April 2019 | 11:12 WIB

PBNU Condemns Execution of Indonesian Worker Tuty Tursilawati

Said Aqil Siroj, Chairperson of the Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU) (pbnu)

JAKARTA, NNC - Said Aqil Siroj, Chairperson of the Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU), has strongly condemned the execution of Indonesian migrant worker Tuty Tursilawati by the Saudi Arabian government.

The absence of notification and also official notification to the Indonesian official representatives in Saudi Arabia is also a problem which, according to Said Aqil, must be addressed firmly and seriously.

Said argues that this situation shows the international community about the closure of information related to various human rights violations in the Middle East country.

"There is transparency, but  some are covered up. This is what must be revealed, "Said said in the written statement that NNC received on Wednesday (10/31).

In Said's view, the Indonesian Government must immediately take strategic-diplomatic steps to launch strong protest over the attitude of the Saudi Government. Said further considered that the Saudi attitude from the past had remained unchanged significantly in the context of respect for human rights and compliance with international diplomatic manners.

"We grieve and express deep condolences to the families of the deceased. However, what is equally important is how we respond to this problem. This is a very serious problem," he continued.

Regarding the response to the incident, Said said PBNU would encourage and support the Indonesian government to find the best solution to this problem. "We will communicate with the government," Said said.

As it is known, Tuty Tursilawati is an Indonesian migrant worker from Cikeusik Village, Majalengka, West Java. Tuty was sentenced to death by a court in Saudi Arabia in June 2011 for allegedly murdering his employer.

Nisma Abdullah, Chairperson of the Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, who accompanied the case from the start, said the murder was unintentional because Tuty had defended herself from being sexually abused by her employer. While working at the employer's house, according to Nisma, Tuty would often get sexually harassed and abused.