Vigils to mark the continued unjust incarceration of the innocent took place around the world on July 14th. Two years ago Neil and Ferdi were unjustly detained and they continue to be held in an Indonesian prison on fabricated charges. Afrischa, Agun, Awan, Zainal, Syahrial continue serving prison sentences for crimes they also did not commit. The late Azwar, who lost his life during police interrogation, is never forgotten.
Neil’s Message to all at Calgary Vigil 2016
I would like to start off by thanking you all for coming out tonight. It means a great deal to me and my family that you are here and that you continue to support us in so many different ways. I would also like to acknowledge the generosity of the CNIB for offering their facility tonight. I think it is very fitting to have the vigil held in this location as the CNIB has a very strong connection to my family and tonight they are offering their assistance once again in a different way, so thank you.
I think it is also fitting as the CNIB mission statement is “Seeing beyond vision loss..” Our mission over the last two years has been of a similar nature…we have been fighting for people to SEE.. the truth! I am confident that the truth is coming into focus as more people are becoming aware of our plight…your efforts are creating that change in vision.
The fight for justice and truth is a long road to travel but it is a worthwhile journey. For the sake of others who have suffered longer and more deeply then we have: for Afrischa, Agun, Awan, Syahrial, Zainal and in memory of Azwar, we must continue this journey. It is the right and only path to take.
I want to thank each and everyone of you who have walked this path with us. You had a choice to make and you chose to stick with us, stand up, speak out and be heard. This evening you should acknowledge what you have collectively accomplished. I am proud of what you have achieved individually but more importantly, how you have demonstrated the power of community which can – and has – invoked change. Your resolve has positively affected the lives of those whom otherwise would have no voice and no opportunity to seek justice on their own. You have given them hope and that is the greatest gift of all.
So I don’t speak to you this evening through tears or with sadness but with optimism and pride for what you have already accomplished and the positivity you have brought to this most unfortunate situation. To me, you represent the good of society and serve as an example of what can be done when people come together and stand up for truth and justice. It is my hope that there will be no need for a “Three Too Long” Vigil…it just doesn’t have the same ring to it as Two Too…:), however if it is meant to be, I take comfort in knowing that you will be right here beside us for as long as it takes for justice to be served.
Thank you for coming out tonight, thank you to Nancy and Nan for the organization of this event and thanks to all of who you speaking out on our behalf. Thank you to the global community that continues to stand with us and spread the word of truth to all corners of the world.
Lastly, thank you to my parents, Honey, Hugh, Gail and Bob – and most especially, to Guy and Tracy for their unconditional love, support and relentless pursuit of justice for us all. I would never have been so strong if it were not for your love and commitment.
With deepest appreciation and love, Neil
Ferdi’s Message read at the Jakarta Vigil 2016
First of all I would like to say, I’m thankful for the people who never left. You give your hearts and minds for us. The quote says, good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them but you know they are always there. I’m trying to replace my anger with understanding and compassion. That’s what I’m fighting right now to keep my mind away from insanity. I forgive all the slanders and all people behind them. Let them dealing with their own God. Hopefully God will touch their hearts and make them realize how deep and dark the hole on their hearts. I don’t know when I could be back to my lovely wife and daughters to live our simple and happy life again. But their pure loves will wait for me. It doesn’t matter how long does it take. Because they know for sure, the truth is us. Thank-you to the many volunteers who helped to organise the respective events and thank-you to the thousands of supporters worldwide who held vigils in their own respective places on July 14th.
Message from Agun-Awan-Icha-Iyal-Zainal and in the memory of late Azwar read at the Jakarta Vigil 2016
Kami ingin mengucapkan terima kasih yang spesial untuk kalian semua. Kekuatan, kebanggaan, dan dukungan yang kalian berikan ialah hal fundamental untuk menguatkan kami semua di sini. Terima kasih lantaran menyemangati kami dan menghidupkan mimpi yang kami jalani
We would like to say a very special thank you for all of you. The strength, the proud and the continued support you have been giving us are the foundation to keep us strong here. Thank you for your support for us to live in a dream that we are now