Amnesty International Australia will hold Keep Hope Alive vigils in Sydney and Melbourne tonight, Thursday, February 5, to protest against the impending execution of two Bali Nine drug traffickers.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so called Bali Nine, have been on death row since 2006, and the Indonesian Government has said they will be among the next group of death row prisoners to be executed. Chan and Sukumaran’s legal team have applied for a second judicial review of their cases but Indonesian authorities have said further legal challenges are futile, and the executions will go ahead.
A Roy Morgan Research poll commissioned by Triple J in January found that 52 per cent of Australians support the execution, information used repeatedly by Indonesian authorities to justify the Government’s intention to press ahead with the penalty. The poll has been dismissed by some Australian researchers as misleading and unrepresentative.
Amnesty International believe that while Chan and Sukumaran committed a crime, the death penalty is never an appropriate punishment. Petitions to save the lives of the two men will be available for signature at the Sydney rally, in Hyde Park, and at the Melbourne rally in the Amphitheatre, Federation Square. – Oxana Kriss
Photo taken from Amnesty International Facebook page.