NSWCCL calls for mercy for two Australian citizens on death row in Indonesia

NSWCCL calls on the Australian government to make all diplomatic efforts to stop the executions of the two Australian citizens on death row in Indonesia facing imminent execution.  The NSWCCL has signed a joint letter with a range of other organisations to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, urging such efforts be made, and to the Indonesian Ambassador in Australia seeking mercy for the two Australian citizens facing imminent execution.

NSWCCL holds serious concerns about the resumption of the death penalty by the Indonesian government with six people being executed by firing squad for drug related offences on 18 January 2015. 

The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and a violation of the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 6(6) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Indonesia is a signatory.

Two Australian citizens, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who are on death row in Bali Indonesia, as well as a number of other individuals now face imminent execution after their pleas for clemency were rejected by the Indonesian President.