About ADPAN

Our Vision: A death penalty free Asia Pacific

The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network is a regional network of organizations and individuals committed to working towards abolition of the death penalty in the Asia Pacific.

 

Our role is to create wider societal support for abolition of the death penalty in the Asia Pacific region through advocacy, education and network building.

Our Objectives

  • Build awareness in the Asia Pacific region about the social, legal and political dimensions of the death penalty.
  • Take urgent action to support death row defendants and their families.
  • Provide legal support to death row defendants and their families including:
  • legal research and support to local teams/representatives
  • local and international media campaigns
  • advocacy and campaigns on clemency.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to build strategic networks and alliances against the death penalty.
  • Contribute to research about the death penalty.
  • Ensure ADPAN’s organizational sustainability.

The History of ADPAN

Launched in 2006 on the World Day Against the Death Penalty, ADPAN was founded in Hong Kong following a Consultative Meeting organized by Amnesty International. It answered a call from local abolitionists to organise regionally to end the death penalty across Asia and the Pacific.

 

In 2012, at a Consultative Meeting in Hong Kong, it was decided that ADPAN would be transformed into an independent network, and towards that end a Transition Group was formed.

 

In 2014, at its first General Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) members approved ADPAN’s Constitution, and ADPAN’s first Executive Committee was elected.

ADPAN Executive Committee (2019 – 2021)

Charles Hector (Malaysia)

Rachel Zeng (Singapore)

Dr Vu Cong Giao (Vietnam)

Karen Dumpit Gomez (Philippines)

Adilur Rahman Khan (Bangladesh)

Sara Kowal (Australia)

Arshad Mehmood (Pakistan)

 

Click here to read the ADPAN Constitution

Supporters of ADPAN

ADPAN are grateful for the assistance of the following organizations in supporting the building of this website: