A statement on the executions that took place in Indonesia

sadpc_logoSADPC strongly condemns the execution of eight deathrow inmates that took place at Nusa Kambangan on Wednesday, 29 April 2015, at 0025hours local time. In this moment of grief, we would like to extend our deepest condolences and solidarity towards the loved ones of the late Myuran Sukumaran, Andrew Chan, Martin Anderson, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Rodrigo Gularte, Raheem Agbaje Salami, Okwudily Oyantze, and Zaenal Abidin.

On the other hand, we welcome the last minute reprieve of Mary Jane Veloso, due to the fact that her neighbour and recruiter had handed herself over to the Fillipino authorities, claiming the innocence of Veloso. We hope that this latest development will not end up in yet another tragedy, and that justice will see to the immediate release of Veloso the moment she is to be found innocent.

Standing in solidarity with our colleagues in the abolitionist movement in Indonesia and the rest of the world, we will continue to join in the call for governments in retentionist countries to review the use of the death penalty as a tool of justice. We would like to reiterate that the death penalty has not been proven to be an effective deterrent against crimes, and urge these governments to look into more humane tools of justice that seek to rehabilitate and reform individuals who have engaged in criminal activities.

Rachel Zeng
Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC)