Mercy Campaign for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

February 16, 2015

Where there is life there is hope…

ALHR strongly opposes the death penalty and calls on all other members of ALHR to sign the petition at

Want to do more?

Check out Amnesty International’s online campaign at

 Additional information: Nine men are currently awaiting imminent execution in Indonesia. President Joko Widodo rejected the clemency applications made by each of them. They are Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, Syofial alias Iyen bin Azwar (Indonesian), Harun bin Ajis (Indonesian), Sargawi alias Ali bin Sanusi (Indonesian), Martin Anderson alias Belo (Ghanaian), Zainal Abidin (Indonesian), Raheem Agbaje Salami ‎(Nigerian) and Rodrigo Gularte (Brazilian).

 The death penalty is a violent and inhumane punishment that we believe has no place in today’s criminal justice system. As Diana Sayed, Human Rights Lawyer says,

            “The death penalty is the ultimate denial of our human rights – that is, the right to life and it denies all of us our humanity.”

 Evidence from around the world has shown that the death penalty does not work to deter crimes. 140 countries have now abolished the death penalty and we hope that Indonesia will soon follow.

In December 2014, Indonesia announced that clemency was refused for the many prisoners on death row for drug offences, and that they will be executed. On 18 January 2015, Indonesia executed five foreign nationals and one Indonesian. International condemnation followed and the Dutch and Brazilian Ambassadors to Indonesia were recalled.

Andrew and Myuran, whilst in jail, have done much good over many years. The positive stories of their rehabilitation are known both in Indonesia and around the world. They are a true credit to the Indonesian Penal system, which has enabled their rehabilitation.

In jail, both Andrew and Myuran have shown remorse and sorrow for their drug crimes and turned their lives around, as well as helped many other prisoners to do the same. We believe that Andrew and Myuran (as well as the other prisoners on death row), should serve jail sentences for their crimes, but they should not be put to death.