World Day Against the Death Penalty Dinner 2017

September 12, 2017 at 7:38 am (AACp, Amnesty International, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Events, execution, Stephen Keim, World Anti-Death Penalty Day)

AACP invites all friends and supporters to this year’s WDADP Dinner.  This year’s theme is Poverty & Justice: A Deadly Mix, our keynote speaker is Fiona McLeod, SC, President of the Law Council and our MC will be our patron, Stephen Keim, SC.

Friday, 20th October

6.30pm arrival 7pm start
Hotel Grand Chancellor
23 Leichhardt Street
(Cnr Wickham Tce), Brisbane

ADULT $100

GROUP BOOKINGS (Tables of 10) $80 pp

Enquiries & Bookings
(inc. seating & dietary requirements)
Contact Elisa at

RSVP: 6th of October, 2017


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#KeepHopeAlive Vigils each Friday from 6-7pm, King George Square

April 23, 2015 at 7:35 am (Andrew Chan, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, execution, Indonesia, Myuran Sukumaran)

We will be holding vigils every Friday in King George Square while the fate of the prisoners on death row in Indonesia is being decided.
Please come along and show your support, and spread the word.
Facebook event here.

April 17th

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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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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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The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death – from The Guardian

June 2, 2012 at 5:43 am (Capital Punishment, execution) (, , , )

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, “a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred … the innocent’s name would be shouted from the rooftops.”

Scalia may have to eat his words. It is now clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit, and his name – Carlos DeLuna – is being shouted from the rooftops of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. The august journal has cleared its entire spring edition, doubling its normal size to 436 pages, to carry an extraordinary investigation by a Columbia law school professor and his students.
Full story here.

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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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Rush case rekindles memories of past executions – from the ABC

August 30, 2010 at 4:54 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, execution, Foreign News, Indonesia, Scott Rush) (, , , )

By Matt Brown for Correspondents Report

Bali Nine drug smuggler Scott Rush launched his last court appeal against the death penalty in Bali last week.

His argument rests on the fact he was not a major player in the ring and, therefore, does not deserve to die.

ABC Indonesia correspondent Matt Brown was in the court and found himself thinking about the lives he has seen lost and past court-ordered executions.

Full story at the ABC here.

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Lawyers fight to halt Ohio execution condemned as human experimentation – The Guardian

December 8, 2009 at 2:52 am (Capital Punishment, execution, Foreign News) (, , , , )

• Lethal injection involves anaesthetic used on pets
• Change of method follows previous failures in state

Ed Pilkington in New York, Monday 7 December 2009 20.02 GMT

Lawyers acting for a prisoner on death row in Ohio were scrambling to delay his scheduled execution tomorrow morning using a new method of lethal injection that is widely used to put down pets. The procedure has never been tried out on humans and is tantamount, critics say, to human experimentation.

Barring last-minute appeals and stays of execution, Kenneth Biros, 51, will be put to death using a massive overdose of an anaesthetic. It would be the first time that a single-drug lethal injection had been administered, in contrast to the triple-drug cocktail that has become the norm in the 37 American states that have death row prisoners.

Full story here.

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Texas accounts for half of executions in US but now has doubts over death row – The Guardian

November 16, 2009 at 1:46 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, execution, Foreign News, United States) (, , )

Overturned convictions and growth of DNA forensic evidence shake state’s rock-solid faith in capital punishment

Chris McGreal in Livingston

Sunday 15 November 2009 22.00 GMT

Even in Texas they are having their doubts. The state that executes more people than any other by far – it will account for half the prisoners sent to the death chamber in the US this year – is seeing its once rock-solid faith in capital punishment shaken by overturned convictions, judicial scandals and growing evidence that at least one innocent man has been executed.

The growth of DNA forensic evidence has seen nearly 140 death row convictions overturned across the US, prompting abolition and moratoriums in other states that Texas has so far resisted.

Read more…

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World Day Against The Death Penalty Rally and Dinner – Sunday October 11th

October 5, 2009 at 5:40 am (Amnesty International, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Christine Rush, Death Penalty, Events, execution, Lee Rush, Scott Rush, Upcoming Events, World Anti-Death Penalty Day) (, )

Australians Against Capital Punishment invite you to join commemorations of the World Day Against the Death Penalty.
Every year, opponents of the death penalty come together to add their voices to the growing international movement for a total abolition of capital punishment.
Justice Must Not Kill
And those who value justice, must not stay silent.

Vigil – 5pm Sunday October 11th at the Lizard, corner of Russell Street and Boundary Street, West End

Speakers include Lee & Christine Rush, whose son Scott faces execution in Indonesia
Stephen Keim, SC, patron of AACP
Maree Klemm, President of the Queensland & Northern NSW branch of Amnesty International

All friends and supporters are then invited to join us for dinner
6pm at Huong’s restaurant at 83A Vulture Street, West End $25 per head.
– please RSVP by c.o.b. Thursday 8th October for catering purposes.

For more information, or to RSVP please email us on or 0423 709 445. Please specify any dietary requirements.

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