Update 6 May 2013: Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s office has made public statements urging Indonesia to grant clemency to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, and pledging to raise the issue again with the Indonesian Government. This is great news and we welcome Senator Carr’s statements.
It’s vital that our Government continues working through all possible means for clemency for Andrew and Myuran, and to promote the abolishment of the death penalty in our region. So we need to keep up the messages to Bob Carr and Julia Gillard, and show them that public support for this is not going away.
Send our Foreign Minister and Prime Minister a message now
No child should be sentenced to death. And no mother should go through the anguish of burying a child who has been executed.
The international Convention on the Rights of the Child is 20 years old this year. To celebrate the convention, we’re calling on those countries that still executed children in the last year – Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen and Sudan – to end all executions of juveniles.
At this crucial time, Australians are joining citizens around the world calling for change. Every voice, every name, counts — for every child’s human rights.
TO THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and
THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE OF AUSTRALIA
This petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia draws the attention of the Parliament of Australia to the fact that there are currently no Federal Laws to prohibit the use of capital punishment against Australian citizens at home or abroad.
We request that the House of Representatives and the Senate legislate at the earliest opportunity to introduce and pass laws that prohibit the use of capital punishment against all Australian citizens. We also seek that this Government and all future Governments protect Australian citizens from the death penalty in other countries.
We further seek the expansion of the current repatriation program and move to have all Australian citizens serving a custodial sentence in a foreign country repatriated to Australia.
More about the ASU’s Human Right Committee can be found here.
We’ve added a new page to the site – which links to videos from each of the party representatives who spoke at our political forum earlier this year: http://aacp.wordpress.com/what-our-politicians-are-saying-about-the-death-penalty/
A group of us from Australians Against Capital Punishment participated in the Human Rights Torch Relay event in Brisbane, to call attention to the ongoing human rights abuses in China – including the death penalty - as well as the many ongoing abuses around the world.
Lee and Christine Rush were featured speakers at the Youth Excel dinner on November 8th.