sexta-feira, 1 de maio de 2015

Australian Catholic University reveals scholarships to honour executed Bali 9 duo

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Tom Cowie - The Sydney Morning Herald - May 1, 2015

Australian Catholic University will create two scholarships named after executed drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran for Indonesian students to study in Australia.

 The scholarships will provide full tuition fees to the student's chosen course over four years and be awarded to those who write an essay based on the theme of "the sanctity of human life".

Vice-chancellor Professor Greg Craven said the scholarships would be a fitting tribute to the "reformation, courage and dignity" of the two Bali 9 ringleaders. 

"In a small but symbolic way, the writing by Indonesian students on the sanctity of life would be an ongoing contribution toward the eventual abolition of the death penalty in Indonesia," he said in a statement.

Before facing the firing squad, Chan and Myuran Sukumaran said they wanted their legacy to be a renewed push across the globe to abolish the death penalty.

However Indonesia has shown no sign of ending the practice, with plans already in place to kill five murderers. Up to 50 drug felons are also slated to be killed this year.

 Professor Craven said that hope remained for a reprieve for other prisoners around the world on death row.

"The death penalty is a ­violent, cruel and immoral punishment that has no place in our ­society. And yet it persists," he said.

PS: MAY YOUR SOULS REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN, ANDREW AND MYU! WE ARE PROUD OF YOUR REHABILITATION, DIGNITY AND YOUR COLOSSAL COURAGE! OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE CHAN AND SUKUMARAN FAMILIES!
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