Target: H. E. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia
Goal: Prevent the executions of nine men, many of whom were convicted on drug charges
At least nine executions are imminent in Indonesia, according to Amnesty International. The Indonesian government has announced its intention to carry out at least twenty executions in 2015, and it began by executing six men by firing squad.
Of the nine men up for execution, only three–all Indonesian nationals–have been convicted of violent crimes. The rest of the men all have been charged with drug-related offenses ranging from possession to smuggling. The only other Indonesian national was initially sentenced to fifteen years in prison for marijuana possession, but his sentence was later converted to the death penalty by the Palembang High Court. The rest of the men are nationals of other countries. Gularte has paranoid schizophrenia, and his execution would thereby violate laws against executing a person with mental or intellectual disabilities.
The death penalty in Indonesia is carried out by firing squad. Prisoners have the choice of standing or sitting and may have their eyes covered if they wish. It is the ultimate violation of human rights, and is considered a cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment. To inflict it upon prisoners who have been convicted of something as comparatively innocuous as a drug possession charge is gratuitously violent and vindictive. Sign the petition and demand that Indonesia halt its planned executions and seek an alternative to the death penalty.
Dear President Widodo,
I am writing to ask for clemency for nine men whose executions are imminent: Syofial alias Iyen bin Azwar, Harun bin Ajis, Sargawi alias Ali bin Sanusi, Zainal Abidin, Myuran Sukumaran, Andrew Chan, Martin Anderson alias Belo, Raheem Agbaje Salami, and Rodrigo Gularte. Of these men, only three have been convicted of violent crimes. The rest have all been convicted of drug-related charges ranging from possession to smuggling, comparatively innocuous crimes when compared to the murders that the other three men have been convicted of.
In addition to my general objections to the death penalty, I feel it is important to point out that Rodrigo Gularte suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and therefore, in accordance with international standards and laws, cannot be executed, as the law prohibits capital punishment for those with mental or intellectual disabilities. Furthermore, Raheem Agbaje Salami was not allowed to appeal against his death sentence, a clear violation of the United Nations Safeguard No. 6.
Moreover, the death penalty is the ultimate human rights violation–a cruel, inhuman, and unusual punishment. I urge you to commute the sentences of these nine men from execution to imprisonment and to halt all executions in Indonesia as you pursue alternatives to the death penalty.
[Your Name Here]
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