Oklahoma to introduce new method of executing death-row inmates – from News.com.au

March 16, 2018 at 3:17 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, News, United States) (, , )

OKLAHOMA has rolled out plans for its newest morbid killing device for inmates in limbo on death row. Warning: Disturbing.

by Rohan Smith

WARNING: Disturbing content.

THE American state where a death-row inmate endured an agonising 43-minute-long botched execution is surging ahead with plans to kill more prisoners. But there’s a catch.

Oklahoma, where Clayton Lockett blew a vein while strapped to his death bed in 2014, doesn’t have the lethal injection drugs it needs.

So what does a state do when drugs are off the table? It invents new means of execution.

On Wednesday, officials in Oklahoma announced they plan to become the first US state to use gas to carry out capital punishment.

The proposal is that inmates condemned to death row will take turns in the chamber where a mask would be placed over their heads and nitrogen gas administered.

“We can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait on the drugs,” State Attorney-General Mike Hunter said.

“Using nitrogen will be effective, simple to administer, easy to obtain and requires no complex medical procedures.”

Full story here.


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Indonesia requests death penalty for eight Taiwanese – Taipei Times

January 19, 2018 at 10:31 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Indonesia, News)

WAR ON DRUGS:The Indonesian government is getting tougher on drug cases, with 16 Taiwanese sentenced to death or killed in raids in recent years

Staff writer, with CNA

Indonesian prosecutors have requested the death penalty for eight Taiwanese allegedly involved in a drug smuggling operation last year.

Tipped off by Taiwanese police, Indonesian police intercepted a record 1 tonne haul of crystal methamphetamine imported from China during a raid in Anyer Beach, west of Jakarta, on July 13 last year.

During the operation, Indonesian police killed a Taiwanese man alleged to be the kingpin of the drug ring, after he refused to surrender, and arrested three others, identified as Chen Wei-cyuan (陳威全), Liao Guan-yu (廖冠宇) and Hsu Yung-li (徐勇立).

Five more Taiwanese were on July 15 arrested by Indonesian police in connection with the case.

Full story here.

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#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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Connecticut abolishes the Death Penalty – Amnesty International

June 2, 2012 at 6:08 am (Amnesty International, Capital Punishment, News) (, , , )

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.

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May 18, 2010 at 8:10 am (Amnesty International, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, News, Singapore) (, , )

The Court of Appeal dismisses concerns around the mandatory death penalty

On Friday 14 May the Court of Appeal rejected Yong Vui Kong’s appeal against his sentence and declared the mandatory death penalty to be constitutional. This decision paves the way to Yong’s imminent execution and highlights ongoing concerns around fair trial in relation to the application of the mandatory death penalty in Singapore.

Yong Vui Kong, a 22-year-old Malaysian, was arrested in 2007 with 47 g of diamorphine (heroin) and sentenced to death for drug offences. Today’s judgement challenged the mandatory death penalty in Singapore. Singapore’s mandatory death penalty provides the judges no discretion to consider alternative punishments or to consider mitigating circumstances violating the fundamental right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. As such, it fails to comply with minimum human rights protections for criminal prosecutions. It also strips judges of the discretion to consider alternative punishment.

A high profile campaign has been organized and led by Yong’s defence lawyer Madasamy Ravi, (ADPAN member). Singapore presents major challenges on the death penalty but it is the support from others, including ADPAN members, that helps those working for aboliton in Singapore and those sentenced to death. Please organize appeals and place the appeal on your website.


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Death penalty dead and buried as Parliament bans it for good – Herald Sun

March 17, 2010 at 6:21 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, News) (, , )

March 12th 2010

THE death penalty has been buried forever after Federal Parliament passed laws ensuring it can’t be reinstated in any jurisdiction.

While no Australian state or territory uses the death penalty, the laws were needed to ensure the situation could never be reintroduced.

Both sides of politics supported the move which is largely seen as symbolic.

Full story here.

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Group Gives Up Death Penalty Work – New York Times

January 6, 2010 at 5:38 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, News, United States) (, , , )

Last fall, the American Law Institute, which created the intellectual framework for the modern capital justice system almost 50 years ago, pronounced its project a failure and walked away from it.

There were other important death penalty developments last year: the number of death sentences continued to fall, Ohio switched to a single chemical for lethal injections and New Mexico repealed its death penalty entirely. But not one of them was as significant as the institute’s move, which represents a tectonic shift in legal theory.

“The A.L.I. is important on a lot of topics,” said Franklin E. Zimring, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “They were absolutely singular on this topic” — capital punishment — “because they were the only intellectually respectable support for the death penalty system in the United States.”

Full story here.

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RAVE article about Rock Against the Death Penalty (4pm Sunday August 23rd)

August 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Events, execution, News, Upcoming Events) (, , , , , )

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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Rabble-rousing troubadour STEVE TOWSON talks to JODY MACGREGOR about playing a benefit concert for Australians Against Capital Punishment.

JM: What should we expect from the Australians Against Capital Punishment gig?

ST: Well, from the line-up some diverse, great musicians that will be playing for a cause close to their hearts. Personally, I find the idea of capital punishment terrifying, there is a saying that goes ‘no rich man ever died on death row’. To me, capital punishment is a dangerous tool that is mainly wielded by wealthy politicians against poor people. Just look at the USA and the power of life and death that was wielded by George W. Bush when he was governor.

Read the full article here.

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ASU’sPetition against the Death Penalty

August 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, News, petitions) (, , , )

The ASU has launched a new petition on capital punishment, which can be signed online here, or downloaded here.



This petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia draws the attention of the Parliament of Australia to the fact that there are currently no Federal Laws to prohibit the use of capital punishment against Australian citizens at home or abroad.

We request that the House of Representatives and the Senate legislate at the earliest opportunity to introduce and pass laws that prohibit the use of capital punishment against all Australian citizens. We also seek that this Government and all future Governments protect Australian citizens from the death penalty in other countries.

We further seek the expansion of the current repatriation program and move to have all Australian citizens serving a custodial sentence in a foreign country repatriated to Australia.

More about the ASU’s Human Right Committee can be found here.

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