Use of the death penalty in Indonesia has increased sharply in recent years. Since the beginning of 1985, there have been 17 judicial executions. In the ten years before that there were four. Amnesty International believes that many of those executed in recent years had unfair trials. Many had been awaiting execution for more than a decade and in some cases, for more than two. Amnesty International has repeatedly urged the Indonesian Government to abolish the death penalty and commute all remaining death sentences to lesser penalties.