Executions in Indonesia Appear To Be Imminent

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A protester holds a banner during a demonstration against the death penalty of death row prisoner Merry Utami

To our friends in opposition to executions,

Reprieve Australia is currently responding to events in Indonesia as another round of executions seems to be likely in the next few days. Up to 18 Indonesian and foreign prisoners will apparently face firing squads very soon, perhaps this week. The Government refuses to make details public at this stage.

It is a dreadful truth that, even as the government spends weeks speaking of imminent executions, many of those it plans to kill have not been named. Many prisoners on death row simply do not know who will be plucked out and shot.

There is significant media discussing the concerns countries and legal teams have regarding the planned executions. Other deeply troubling issues such as questions of unfair trials, and confession obtained by torture are being raised by legal teams and families. Surely these matters require most careful investigation. We say it is unthinkable that executions would proceed in such circumstances.

We urge you to voice your opposition to the death penalty and encourage others to do so by emailing the Indonesian Embassy to seek clemency for any prisoners facing imminent execution.

The simplest way to do this is to email this address: kbri.visa@gmail.com

Obviously, it is most important that all communications be respectful – that is the most effective way to be persuasive and bring about change.

Please check our Twitter account for the latest updates. You can also visit our Facebook page and website.

Some members of the community will be meeting for vigils to express their opposition to the death penalty, the details are set out here.

Melbourne: Tuesday 26 July, 7pm
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
72 Queens Road, Melbourne (Entrance from 72 Queens Lane)

Perth: Wednesday 27 July, 5pm
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
134 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth

Most of us cannot do much in these circumstances, but let us do what we can to save those facing execution, and to make the world free of state sponsored killings.

Julian McMahon
President, Reprieve Australia


Photo information

ILACAP, CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA - JULY 28: A protester holds a banner during a demonstration against the death penalty of death row prisoner Merry Utami at Wijayapura port, the entrance gate to Nusakambangan prison, ahead of a third round of drug executions on July 28, 2016 in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia.

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