They are due to be executed any day now – but Australia’s Foreign Minister says they need a second chance.
Australia’s justice system is based on the principle that people should be given the opportunity to reform their lives after paying a penalty for their crimes.
That sentiment is reflected in the Government’s determination to do all it can to seek a stay of execution and clemency for two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who face the death penalty for serious drug offences in Indonesia.
Many Australians share the Government’s view that these young men deserve a second chance. Hundreds of emails from concerned people have flooded inboxes of Parliamentarians; crowds have attended rallies and vigils and more than 30,000 Australians have written to the Indonesian President and members of the Indonesian Government, respectfully calling for execution plans to be halted.
Our shared hope is that the Indonesian Government, and its people, will show mercy to Andrew and Myuran. Both men are sincerely remorseful for their shocking actions and serious mistakes and have made extraordinary efforts to rehabilitate. They are the very model of what penal systems the world over seek to achieve.
Successive governors of Kerobokan Prison in Bali, whose prison has given Andrew and Myuran the opportunity to reflect and change, have testified to their transformation. A decade on from their crime, Andrew and Myuran are deeply committed to a new path.
It is Indonesia that will lose the most from executing these two young men. Both are paying their debt to society. With dedication, and unwavering commitment, they are improving the lives of their fellow prisoners. As a pastor, Andrew provides religious counselling and guidance to fellow inmates, while Myuran leads arts, cultural and other courses, preparing prisoners for their return to society.