#KeepHopeAlive vigil Friday 13th March, King George Square

March 12, 2015 at 11:25 am (Amnesty International, Andrew Chan, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Indonesia, Myuran Sukumaran, News, Take Action)

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 justine.hampson@gmail.com


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Australian Politicians Last Ditch Attempts To Save Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran – news.com.au

March 5, 2015 at 1:23 am (Andrew Chan, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Indonesia, Myuran Sukumaran)

JULIE Bishop has confirmed she explored the idea of a prisoner swap with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to save the lives of doomed Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Full story here.

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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 justine.hampson@gmail.com


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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

theguardian.com,              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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Brisbane World Day Against the Death Penalty Dinner

September 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Events, Frank Brennan, Stephen Keim, World Anti-Death Penalty Day) (, , )


Date: Friday 12th October 2012
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Broncos League Club
98 Fulcher Road
Red Hill Qld 4054
Cost: $80 adult, $70 student/conc.
$70 pp for group (table of 10)
Bookings: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/8634
RSVP: Fri 5 October 2012
Enquiries & bookings (plus seating/dietary needs):
Please contact Tina at Justine.hampson@gmail.com

Australians Against Capital Punishment and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights warmly invite you to this year’s dinner in commemoration of the 10th World Day Against the Death Penalty. This Day is recognised globally as a reminder of the inhumanity of the death penalty throughout the entire process, from sentence to execution.

We are delighted to announce that our guest speakers include Fr Frank Brennan SJ, AO and Lee and Christine Rush, with Stephen Keim SC as MC.

We hope you can join us to mark this important human rights event.

For more information email AACP justine.hampson@gmail.com

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The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2010

June 9, 2012 at 6:57 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Uncategorized) ()

PDF document  from Harm Reduction International Website

03 June 2010

Harm Reduction International released a study on the death penalty for drug offences today on the opening day of the 19th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice , taking place in Vienna. The report, titled ‘The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2010’, finds that hundreds of people are executed for drug offences each year around the world, a figure that very likely exceeds one thousand when taking into account those countries that keep their death penalty statistics secret.

The report is the first detailed country by country overview of the death penalty for drugs, monitoring both national legislation and state practice of enforcement. Of the states worldwide that retain the death penalty, 32 jurisdictions maintain laws that prescribe the death penalty for drug offences. The study also found that in some states, drug offenders make up a significant portion – if not the outright majority – of those sentenced to death and/or executed each year.

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Death-row innocents trapped in a living hell – From Port Macquarie News

March 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, execution) (, , , )

04 Mar, 2012

In his 12 years on death row, Larry Swearingen’s execution date has been set three times. Three times he has known when he would be strapped to a stretcher and put down with drugs: sodium thiobarbital to anaesthetise him, pancuronium bromide to paralyse his muscles and potassium chloride to stop his heart.

In January 2009, he had written his goodbyes and was on his way to the chamber when the stay of execution came through. ”The way I had to look at it was, ‘I’m just gonna lay down and go to sleep,”’ he says. ”I wasn’t gonna grovel. I wasn’t gonna sit there and cry. I can’t be remorseful for a crime that I didn’t commit.”

Swearingen lives at the Allan B. Polunsky unit, an hour or so north of Houston. Along with another 292 men and 10 women awaiting execution for capital crimes committed in Texas, he is kept in solitary confinement. His cell is not quite four metres long and a little more than two metres wide, with a slit above head height, more a vent than a window. He has a toilet, a typewriter, a radio and a hotplate. His daily hour of recreation is spent alone, although he can talk and play chess, through gaps between the cells. Most of his companions are here because they have committed horrendous acts of violence.

Full story here.

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