Adelaide will be taking a stand against the use of the death penalty on Thursday evening, when community members will stand in solidarity with at least 64 people who are on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences.
“Amnesty International South Australia is part of the worldwide Amnesty International movement that opposes the death penalty in any circumstance, for any person,” said Vicki Jacobs, President of Amnesty International South Australia/Northern Territory.
“We invite all members of the community to join us at Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral Courtyard at 6pm this Thursday, to stand in solidarity with those facing the death penalty and send a public message that Australians oppose state-sanctioned executions.”
The event is a response to comments by incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo late last year that he would not grant clemency to at least 64 individuals who have been sentenced to death for drug-related crimes and that there were plans to execute all of them. These include Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, whose claims for clemency have been rejected in recent weeks.
Amnesty International is asking Australians to use the hashtag #KeepHopeAlive and sign Amnesty International’s petition calling for the executions to be stopped.
Vigil for Hope
Thursday 5 February
Where: Corner of Wakefield Street and Victoria Square, Adelaide (Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral Courtyard)