Mercy Campaign

  • The Archibald Prize


    We are proud to confirm that Myuran has entered this year’s Archibald Prize.


    The prize is administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and it is regarded as the most prestigious award for portraiture in Australia.


    The self-portrait is deeply introspective and you can read more about it in the media coverage here.


    His goal ... Sukumaran says he doesn’t expect his entry will be accepted, but for him it’



    Please also use this time to sign the petition.


    We continue to ask that everything is done to seek mercy for Andrew and Myuran. 

  • 265 Indonesians Face The Death Penalty

    This Jakarta Post article from the last days of 2013 caught our attention over the summer break.

     

    A staggering 265 Indonesians who are working overseas are presently at risk of the death penalty.

     

    Migrant workers faced the death sentence in countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Egypt

     

    In some cases, their plight was worsened by complications involved in returning undocumented Indonesian workers to their homeland. 

     

    Whether it's 265 Indonesians, or 2 Australians, there is always a place for Mercy.

     

    Show your support for the Mercy Campaign this year and introduce a friend to the petition - and help us show Mercy to Andrew and Myuran. 

  • Another execution in Indonesia.

    It has been revealed that Indonesia had executed another prisoner – the fifth this year.

     

    Muhammad Abdul Hafeez had been sentenced to death in 2001 for drug smuggling. The execution continues two distressing trends – a dramatic increase in executions being carried out in Indonesia and executions marked by secrecy and suddenness. It appears that Mr Hafeez’s family and representatives were not notified in advance that the date for his execution had been set.  

     

    You can read Amnesty International’s full article on this development here.

     

    You can also read an article by the Jakarta Post here. It observes that whilst Indonesia was executing Mr Hafeez, it was simultaneously advocating to save an Indonesian woman facing the death penalty in Malaysia.

     

    The trends revealed in these articles reinforce how urgent it is for us to encourage everyone we can to call for Mercy for Andrew and Myuran.

     

    The time to share the Mercy Campaign petition is now.

     

    Please ask your family and friends if they will show mercy to Andrew and Myuran. 

  • A Sanskrit plea for Mercy.

     

     

    Today we are sharing with you a thoughtful letter published in Bali Today (Jakarta Post) recently.

     

    The author, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, is a New Zealand resident who loves Bali.

     

    In his letter he invokes the Sanskrit Ramayana to illustrate his support for Andrew and Myuran.  He explains the Ramayana, a famous episode of the ancient Sanskrit texts and one often depicted in Balinese culture.

     

    Mercy is obviously a word we think about a lot on this site. In his article, Jeffrey pauses to consider other qualities that Andrew and Myuran’s circumstances call for, such as kindness and gentleness and compassion.

     

    This letter to Bali Today is definitely worth a read – a special plea for Mercy for Andrew and Myuran from a different cultural perspective. 

     

    Here is the link to the full letter.

  • Mercy Campaign Short Film.


    Mercy Campaign is delighted to release this special film.

    It features family members of Andrew and Myuran and beautifully captures the critical message of Mercy.

    Please share with your family and friends - and don't forget to sign our petition to show that you, too, support mercy for Andrew and Myuran.

  • The Worst Day.

    On Thursday 25 July, SBS will air the first of its new two part series, Better Man, which chronicles the desperate attempt to spare Van Nguyen, a 25 year old Australian man convicted of drug trafficking, from the death penalty. 

    That plea for mercy failed, and Van Nguyen was executed by hanging in a Singaporean jail in 2005.  

    Interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald, Immigration Minister Tony Burke recalls how the harrowing effort to save Van Nguyen united politicians from both sides of Australian politics.

    He describes the meeting where he, on behalf of the Australian government, made a final plea for clemency to the Singaporean High Commissioner:

    "[It was] the worst day of my political career and potentially the most troubling day of my life".

    "I've never stopped going over that meeting in my head."

    We encourage you to read the whole article.

    Myuran and Andrew remain on death row in Bali.

    Please show your support for mercy for Andrew and Myuran by signing the petition here and sharing with your friends and family.

  • Praise for Kerobokan

    There hasn't been much news on Andrew and Myuran to bring you of late. However we’ve found this article on Mercy Campaign favourite, Ben Quilty, to share.

    The Australian artist, who spent time visiting with Andrew and Myuran on death row, praises Kerobokan prison and explains how the creativity and vision of the jail management is allowing prisoners to develop skills, educate themselves and each other, and even run a T-shirt business. 

    “In the eight years that Sukumaran has been incarcerated in Kerobokan, he has helped set up a computer school, studied certificate-level philosophy and is undertaking an arts degree majoring in fine arts. With Chan, he set up an operation printing T-shirts to sell at local markets. Other inmates smelt silver for jewellery or grow bonsai. "The prison lets the inmates have ideas," says Quilty. "You send someone to Long Bay Prison, which is one of the most soul-destroying places ever, and good luck if you get out of there intact."”

    You can read the full article on the Sydney Morning Herald.