Third Wave of Executions to Be Realized Soon: Indonesian AGO
AACP invites everyone to come together to remember the lives of the eight men killed in Indonesia this week, and all those still facing the death penalty around the world.
This week has seen truly awful events and the untimely end to too many lives. On Monday we re-commit ourselves to the fight against judicial killings across the globe. Please join us and spread the word,
6-7pm Monday May 4th
King George Square, Brisbane
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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 »
“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. … In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.” (Bryan Stevenson)”
Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.
This is his TED speech from March
The whole talk’s worth listening to, but he begins talking about the death penalty around the 8.00 mark.
By Will Ross
BBC News, Nairobi
More than 4,000 prisoners on death row in Kenya will have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, President Mwai Kibaki has announced.
No death sentences have been carried out in Kenya for more than two decades.
Since then more than 4,000 people have been on death row in the country’s overcrowded, underfunded prisons.
Date: July 01 2009
THE Federal Government has written to the states, telling them of its plans to introduce laws banning them from ever reintroducing the death penalty, whether they like it or not.
While all states have abolished the death penalty, there is nothing preventing a government from bringing it back.
The Age has a copy of a letter sent from Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland to his state counterparts on June 16, informing them “of the Commonwealth Government’s intention to introduce legislation to prohibit the application of the death penalty throughout Australia”.
The language of the letter is significant, as it indicates the Federal Government has opted to use the external affairs power in the constitution to put the prohibition in place.
This is instead of asking the states to refer their powers to the Commonwealth to enable it to pass the laws banning the reintroduction of the death penalty — an option that is seen as less watertight by the Federal Government because usually states only refer their powers for a limited period of time.
It is understood the Federal Government has legal advice that under the external affairs power and international treaties signed by Australia, including the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it is able enact the laws and so intends to take this path.
23 June 2009
Togo today decided to abolish the death penalty following a unanimous vote by the national assembly.
Togo has thereby become the 15th member of the African Union and the 94th country in the world to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
“This country has chosen to establish a healthy justice system that limits judicial errors…and guarantees the inherent rights of the individual,” said Justice Minister Kokou Tozoun when the cabinet first adopted the abolition bill on 10 December 2008. “This (new) system is no longer compatible with a penal code that maintains the death penalty and grants the judiciary absolute power with irrevocable consequences.”
Togo stopped applying the death penalty more than three decades ago. The last executions of people sentenced to death date back to 1978 and the last death sentence was handed down in 2003.
Through today’s vote, Togolese members of parliament have reinforced the trend towards abolishing the death penalty in Africa.
Burundi adopted a new penal code in April 2009 which abolished the death penalty from the legislation. Several other countries, notably Mali, are reviewing their legislation and considering the possibility of removing any recourse to the death penalty.
Original story here.
The groups say 16 Asian countries now do so, adding that while it is impossible to know exactly how many such death sentences are imposed, reports from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand indicate a high percentage of executions in those countries are imposed on those convicted of drug offenses.
ADPAN, Human Rights Watch and the IHRA singled out China, Indonesia and Vietnam for particular concern, saying they continue to execute people for drug offenses and that some countries have marked the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with such executions.
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Original story here.
“Every person has, after he or she has been born,the right to life. Any loss of life attributable to agencies of the state must be fully and independently investigated. No death penalty should be carried out in this nation.”
The Statute of Liberties by Geoffrey Robertson
Australians Against Capital Punishment is a community group formed in early 2007 to advocate for a total abolition of the death penalty across the globe, and to call on our government to once again commit itself to opposing the death penalty in all cases, in all countries wholeheartedly.
Australians Against Capital Punishment believes that a Human Rights Act for Australia is a positive move towards protecting and valuing human rights in our country, and will help Australia in promoting an international culture of respect for the rights of all people.
We believe that a Human Rights Act should include, but not be limited to the following:
The Death Penalty being irreversible and unconscionable shall not be permitted in Australia.
Australia’s opposition to the Death Penalty, domestically and abroad, must be absolute.
No Australian government or government agency shall cooperate in any operation which can lead to the Death Penalty.
The Australian government is obliged to act on behalf of any Australians who are arrested or detained overseas.
The Multi-Faith Centre at Griffith University, in cooperation with various faith, interfaith, and community organisations, will host the following event:
The Death Penalty: An Interfaith Forum
Prof. Sarva-Daman Singh (Hinduism)- Honorary Consul of India in Brisbane
Dr. Anne Nguyen (Buddhism) – Senior Lecturer, Computer Science & Technology, Griffith University
Peter Arndt (Christianity) – Executive Director Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Brisbane
Imam Dr. Tariq Syed (Islam) – Council of Fatwa, Australian National Imams Council
Wednesday, 29 April
Time: 7.15 – 9.30 pm
Where: Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University
For further information, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP by April 25 to: 3735-7052 or email@example.com