AACP would like to thank our keynote speaker, Julian McMahon, our MC, Stephen Keim, all our supporters, guests and volunteers for making this year’s dinner a success. In a year where the global arc away from the death penalty has slowed, it is more important than ever for like-minded people to come together and make ourselves heard.
Special thanks to our partners, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and Amnesty International and to Tony for these photos, and Tina, Elisa and Kellie for ensuring the night went off without a hitch.
Australians Against Capital Punishment; Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and Reprieve Australia warmly invite you to this year’s dinner in commemoration of the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty.
This year’s theme is raising awareness around the application of the death penalty for drug-related offences.
This day is recognised globally as a reminder of the inhumanity of the death penalty from sentence to execution.
We are delighted to announce that our guest speakers include:
Philip Ruddock, former Attorney-General, member for Berowra and long-time Parliamentary campaigner against the death penalty
Julian P McMahon, experienced member of the Victorian criminal bar who acted for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran during their long ordeal;
Stephen Keim SC as MC.
For more information, contact Tina on email@example.com
Tickets available here.
Let me welcome you here on behalf of both Australians Against Capital Punishment and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. This joint function builds on the very successful David Marr dinner that we held last year. I see a number of faces from last year’s function and a number of new faces. In both cases, your support for the very important causes pursued by each organisation does wonders for us both logistically and in terms of morale.
A number of you will be aware that AACP was founded largely through the efforts of Chris and Lee Rush. The arrest of their son, Scott, in Indonesia, and Scott’s subsequent trial, appeal and imposition of the death penalty, of course, raised their consciousness of the inhumanity and injustice of capital punishment as a tool of the law.
What is impressive and singular about Lee and Chris’s reaction is that have not restricted their efforts to trying to save the life of their son but have campaigned strenuously through AACP against capital punishment everywhere and at all times. We share their campaign. Read the rest of this entry »