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.
No thinking person can believe the world is a better or safer place today because of these killings. AACP remains committed to campaigning for an end to the death penalty in all cases, in all circumstances and in all countries.
Our thoughts are with the families so violently bereaved this morning, and those with loved ones still facing executions.
Thanks to everyone who came to last night’s vigil in King George Square and to our speakers – Senator Claire Moore from the ALP, Kirsten Lovejoy from the Greens, Ciaron O’Reilly from the Catholic Worker, our patron Stephen Keim, the stalwart Tony Robertson, Chris Baker from the Mercy campaign, Richard Gifford from Reprieve and the others who came forward from the crowd.
We are trying to work out where we go from here, but please remember there are still thousands of people on death row across the globe, and fifty in Indonesia, including Mary Jane Veloso who was given a last-minute reprieve this morning, but whose death sentence is still active.
The Change.org petition for Mary Jane can be found here – please share it around.
Amnesty International has a Condolence page for those who want to pay their respects, here.
Nine prisoners in Indonesia face execution as early as Tuesday night.
This may be your last chance to show your opposition to this decision before it’s too late.
Please join us
King George Square from 6-7pm
to tell the Indonesian government that it’s never too late for mercy.
Facebook event here.
SBS story on vigils here.
Now that word has been hannded down that 9 prisoners, including Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed as soon as Tuesday night.
We still have a chance to make our opposition known and to save the lives of these people and the fifty others facing the death penalty in Indonesia this year.
Since the executions resumed in January, there have been significant breakthroughs in the campaign in Indonesia – Garuda Air, the national airline, has refused to transport prisoners to the site of their executions, senior government figures and allies have started to speak out and the prospect of a future moratorium on capital punishment has been raised.
We are making a difference, and it is not yet too late to save these lives.
Please join us at today’s rally
St Stephen’s Cathedral, 249 Elizabeth St in Brisbane
11am Monday 27th
Please come along if you can, and spread the word to everyone you can, through every avenue you have. Twitter hashtags are #keephopealive #istandformercy
Amnesty action page – http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/36419/
Mercy Campaign petition – http://www.mercycampaign.org/
The Indonesian government has now given formal notice that the next ten prisoners may be executed anytime after the next 72 hours.
11am Monday April 27th St Stephen’s Cathedral, 249 Elizabeth Street
It is not too late to show our opposition to this decision.
It is not too late to change their minds and save the lives of these people.
Please come along, please spread the word.
Justice Does Not Kill.
Facebook event here.
Please come along and spread the word. Every day these executions are delayed is another chance to save the lives of the two Australians and nine others facing imminent death by firing squad.
Friday 13th March 6-7pm
King George Square, Brisbane
Facebook event here.
Please spread the word as far and wide as you can.
For more information, contact Tina – mob 0423 709 445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
6pm Wednesday 18th February
King George Square
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
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL and AUSTRALIANS AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT invite you to
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 email@example.com
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
Connecticut has ended the death sentence, becoming the fifth state in the U.S. in five years to repeal the cruel and inhuman punishment as the abolition movement progresses worldwide.
“These funds can be better spent to address crime and offer support to victims, rather than on bankrolling a punishment that has been rejected by more than 140 countries and 16 U.S. states.”
Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, Amnesty International U.S.A.
We think this is great news and signals a leap forward in our campaign to end death penalty. This move will free resources in Connecticut to be directed toward policies that truly prevent crime, and support the needs of crime victims and their families. The relatives of 179 murder victims signed a letter of support for the bill.
Connecticut’s lawmakers passed the vote after ten and a half hours of debate by 20 votes to 16. The Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, described the death penalty as one of the “most compelling and vexing issues of our time”, as he signed the bill to replace the death sentence with life without parole for all new cases.
Connecticut joins 16 other states in America – nearly a third of all U.S. states, and 97 countries worldwide – to have now abandoned the death penalty.
More information at Amnesty International’s page here.