Vigil for Death Row Prisoners in Indonesia – Fri 27th Feb (Updated – King George Square)

February 24, 2015 at 8:28 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Events, Indonesia) (, , , )

With Indonesian President Widodo again asserting the executions of the eleven prisoners will not be delayed, please join us in showing our opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances.

6pm-7pm Friday February 27th
King George Square, Brisbane

Facebook event here.

For more information please contact Tina ph 0423 709 445 or email


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Sunshine Coast Vigil to Keep Hope Alive – Wednesday Feb 25

February 19, 2015 at 6:51 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Events, Take Action) (, , )

A peaceful and powerful stand for mercy, respectfully urging Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stay the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Keep Hope Alive
5.45pm Wednesday February 25
The Esplanade, Cotton Tree Park.

All welcome, rain hail or shine.

For more information contact Terry on 0408 150588 or


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Vigil to end the Death Penalty in Indonesia – 18th Feb, Brisbane

February 18, 2015 at 4:13 am (Amnesty International, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Events, Take Action) (, , )

6pm Wednesday 18th February
King George Square

Click here for more information.

As the grieving families of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan hold vigils for their sons in Sydney & Melbourne, Brisbane will also stand for mercy at 6pm Wednesday 18th February in King George Square.

Please join with Amnesty, Australians Against Capital Punishment, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and Brisbane Mercy Vigil at this vigil for Myuran and Andrew, their families and indeed, others around facing the death penalty around the world.

With vigils now to be held in most capital cities, Australia will be making a peaceful and powerful stand for Mercy and urge the Indonesian President to halt executions.

The death penalty is a violent, inhumane and outdated punishment that has no place in today’s criminal justice system.

#keephopealive #ampuni #istandformercy

Feb 13th vigil

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Brisbane Vigil Friday 13th #KeepHopeAlive

February 11, 2015 at 5:24 am (AACp, Amnesty International, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, execution, Indonesia, Take Action)


Stop executions in Indonesia

Date: Friday 13th February 2015
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Venue: Reddacliff Place (top of Queen St Mall)

Please, call on the Indonesian President to halt these executions and work on ending the death penalty for good.

See Amnesty’s list of actions to Keep Hope Alive here.

Facebook event here.

Australians Against Capital Punishment are a group of concerned citizens from many backgrounds and many walks of life who have joined together to campaign for an end to the death penalty in all circumstances, in all countries.

For more information please contact Tina ph 0423 709 445 or email

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#KeepHopeAlive Vigil Wednesday Feb 4th

February 6, 2015 at 10:05 am (Uncategorized)

AACP joined with Amnesty to hold a vigil for Death Row inmates in Indonesia.  The latest group of prisoners facing executions include two young Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, and reports indicate that their executions are planned within a month.

Keep Hope Alive

See Amnesty’s list of actions to Keep Hope Alive here.

Another vigil will be held on Friday 13th of February at Reddacliffe Place at the top of the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane from 6-7pm.

For more information please contact Tina ph 0423 709 445 or email:

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Vigil for Prisoners Facing Execution in Indonesia

January 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Events, Indonesia)

AACP was part of a snap vigil in King George Square highlighting the fate of six prisoners facing execution in Indonesia within the next two days.  Those people are Rani Andriani, an Indonesian, Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira from Brazil, Tran Thi Bich Hanh from Vietnam, Namaona Denis from Malawi, Daniel Enemuo from Nigeria and Ang Kiem Soei, who was born in Papua.
AACP reaffirms our commitment to oppose the death penalty in all cases, in all countries and in all circumstances.

Justice does not kill

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Tony Abbott confirms Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran has lost appeal against death penalty – ABC

January 8, 2015 at 2:44 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Indonesia)

The Australian Government has confirmed a member of the so-called Bali Nine has lost his final avenue for appeal against the death penalty in Indonesia.

Mayuran Sukamaran has been officially denied a presidential pardon for his role in attempting to traffic heroin to Australia in 2005.

Sukamaran and fellow convicted drug smuggler Andrew Chan have been on death row since 2006.

Read more.

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I witnessed Ohio’s execution of Dennis McGuire. What I saw was inhumane – from The Guardian

January 23, 2014 at 5:17 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Human Rights, Uncategorized, United States) (, , )

I don’t know how any objective observer could come up with any conclusion other than that injection was an evil way to go,              Thursday 23 January 2014 05.51 AEST

The last time I celebrated mass with Dennis McGuire, who was executed by the state of Ohio last week using an experimental two-drug concoction, it was the feast of the epiphany that marks the bringing of gifts to the newborn Jesus by the magi.

McGuire was one of just over a dozen Catholics among Ohio’s 147 death row inmates who come to mass weekly in Chillicothe Correctional Institution. As part of the sacrament of anointing, I asked the others to pass by and lay hands on McGuire as a way of giving our brother back to the Lord as a symbolic gift. When I turned round to face them with the oils, I found the other 12 standing around him, surrounding him as though they were offering him back to the Lord. Tears were streaming down McGuire’s face. That was the first time I’d ever seen him show physical signs of emotion.

I first began to visit Mcguire in November. He told me about the evil act he had committed, the murder in 1989 of a young woman Joy Stewart who was pregnant and whose unborn child also died. He confessed his sin to me, and expressed sorrow for what he had done. I said he should pray for forgiveness from the woman he had killed, and from that unborn child, and over the course of the final eight weeks, I know that he did. Read the rest of this entry »

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Save Australians on death row in Indonesia – Amnesty International

May 7, 2013 at 12:29 am (Amnesty International, Bali Nine, Death Penalty, petitions, Take Action) (, )

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

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Georgia presses US supreme court to overturn Warren Hill’s stay of execution – the Guardian

February 21, 2013 at 12:45 am (Capital Punishment, execution, Foreign News, Uncategorized, United States) (, , )

State claims mentally disabled prisoner is not entitled to a stay, since his arguments have already been rejected in lower courts

The state of Georgia has applied to the US supreme court to overturn a stay of execution for Warren Hill, the intellectually disabled prisoner who came within half an hour of being put to death on Tuesday night.

Georgia’s attorney general has filed a petition with the highest court in the US, arguing that Hill is not entitled to a stay of execution, because of the fact that he has exhausted all legal remedies. The petition states that his lawyer’s argument that the prisoner is “mentally retarded” is not new, and has been rejected by previous courts.

In a riposte to the supreme court, Hill’s attorney Brian Jammer countered that the appeal is indeed based on new evidence – the decision of three doctors to change their testimony that has transformed the case.

It now remains to be seen whether the nine justices of the supreme court wish to become embroiled in this particular challenge. In similar cases, the court has wished to remain above the legal fray, leaving the argument to be fought out by the lower courts.

Georgia has until 26 February to execute Hill, after which deadline it will have to apply for a new death warrant. That may help explain its urgency in trying to overturn the stay.

Full story here.

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