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Greens call on President Widodo to honour human rights pledge

Media Release
Christine Milne 29 Jan 2015

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has written to the Indonesian President urging him to reconsider his determination to apply the death penalty to Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran.

"I have asked President Widodo to remember his election pledge to improve respect for human rights, which gave rise to great hope in Indonesia and around the region," said Senator Milne.

"I have shared with the President my hope that his commitment to honouring human rights will extend to the matter of the death penalty.

"The death penalty is a violation of human rights. The Greens strongly oppose it in Australia and around the world," said Senator Milne.

"I have urged President Widodo to reconsider his decision to deny clemency to Mr Chan and Mr Sukamaran, and will continue to do so at every opportunity."

 

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