Statement from Greens Leader Christine Milne on the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
On behalf of the Australian Greens I express my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran, and the six other people who have been executed in Indonesia overnight.
Myuran and Andrew will be remembered for overcoming their past to live meaningful lives, even from prison, not just for the way they died.
Their actions over the past ten years were testament to their remorse, and have given many of their fellow prisoners an opportunity to live better lives.
It is a tragedy Andrew and Myuran were denied their own second chance.
Capital punishment must be abolished wherever in the world it is still carried out.
We in Australia must continue to advocate for an end to capital punishment and promote human rights around the world, especially in our region.
The lives of these two Australians have been ended by firing squad at the direction of the Indonesian government. I condemn this act in the strongest possible terms.