About Us

The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) is a regional network of organization and individual members committed to working for the abolition of the death penalty in Asia-Pacific.


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 will 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.


  • More people are executed in Asia-Pacific than in the rest of the world combined at a time when regionally and in the world the number of executions is declining.
  • 95% of the world’s population live in countries that retain and use the death penalty.
  • 13 countries in the region have carried out executions in the past ten years.
  • Failures of justice in trials that end in a death sentence cannot be reversed. Unfair trials in death penalty cases are known and documented across the region.
  • The death penalty is not an effective deterrent to combat crime.
  • The majority of those that face the death penalty are poor or from the marginalised in society.
  • ADPAN maintains that the death penalty violates the right to life and is the ultimate form of cruel inhuman and degrading punishment.

Who We Are

A growing active network with members in 22 Asia-Pacific countries, ADPAN is independent of governments and any political or religious affiliation.

ADPAN members are civil society groups, organizations, network of organisations, trade unions, lawyers and/or judges associations, consumer groups, professional bodies, academic groups and individual persons from Asia-Pacific : Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore,  Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam.

ADPAN Partners are organisations, groups and/or individual persons, not members of ADPAN, who are also committed to the mission and work of ADPAN from Netherlands, Italy, France, Denmark, UK, USA and Spain.

What We Do

ADPAN campaigns and lobbies for an end to the death penalty across the Asia Pacific region. We do this by:

  • Joining in actions and lobbying against the death penalty, especially in countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Appealing on behalf of individuals facing execution from the region.
  • Issuing news releases, joint open letters and media statements.
  • Producing cross-regional reports and materials challenging the need for the death penalty such as unfair trials.
  • Sharing information and activities using social media: Twitter, Facebook, this blog.
  • Supporting the establishment of national coalitions against the death penalty.
  • Contributing to national and regional strategies in support of abolition.
  • Attending conferences to talk about regional developments on the death penalty.

ADPAN Executive Committee (2019 – 2021)

Charles Hector (Malaysia),

Rachel Zeng (Singapore),

Adilur Rahman Khan (Bangladesh),

Sara Kowal (Australia),

Arshad Mehmood (Pakistan),

Vu Cong Giao  (Vietnam),

Karen Gomez (Philippines)

ADPAN Executive Committee (2017-2019) -Charles Hector (Malaysia),Ngeow Chow Ying(Malaysia),Wu Jiazhen (Taiwan),Julian McMahon (Australia),Arshad Mehmood(Pakistan), Sarmad Ali(Pakistan),Sinapan Samydorai(Singapore),Adilur Rahman Khan(Bangladesh)
ADPAN Executive Committee (2014-2016)Charles Hector (Malaysia) – easytocall@gmail.com, Ngeow Chow Ying (Malaysia), Puri Kencana Putri (Indonesia),Jiazhen (Taiwan),Arthur Wilson (Pakistan),Altantoya Badorj (Mongolia),Sinnapan Samydorai(Singapore),[Also involved in the 2014-2016 Committee as Resource Persons are Bhatera Reza(Indonesia), Fifa Rahman (Malaysia) and Rachel Zeng(Singapore)]

*** In 2012, a Transition Group was formed in Hong Kong to put into effect the transition of ADPAN into an independent network, and members of that Transition Group were :- Fifa Rahman (HRI- Malaysia),Puri Kencana  Putri (KONTRAS – Indonesia), Arthur Wilson (Pakistan), Charles Hector (MADPET- Malaysia),Bhatara Reza (Imparsial- Indonesia), Ngeow Chow Ying (CRC of KLSCAH – Malaysia), Rachel Zeng (Singapore),Maiko Tagusari (CPR – Japan), and Sutharee (AI Thailand). Assisting them were a team of Resource Persons that included Aurélie Plaçais (WCADP), Nicolas Perron (ECPM), Nicola Macbean (Rights Practice), Roseann Rife (AI IS) and Mabel Au (AI Hong Kong)

ADPAN Member Organisations


Afghanistan Human Rights Organisation


AI Australia

Criminal Justice Coalition

Australians Against Capital Punishment

Reprieve Australia

The Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty




China Against the Death Penalty

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Joint Committee for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

Hong Kong End The Death Penalty Group

AI Hong Kong


Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

AI India

Lawyers Collective

Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI)


Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence (KontraS)


Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat)

       Institute For Criminal Justice Reform(ICJR)


Center for Prisoners’ Rights

Forum 90

AI Japan

Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center


Civil Rights Committee of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)

AI Malaysia


AI Mongolia


AI Nepal

New Zealand

AI New Zealand


Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Legal Awareness Watch (LAW)

Prison Fellowship Pakistan

Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD)

Justice Project Pakistan

       Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO)

Papua New Guinea

Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum (ICRAF)


AI Philippines

Philippine Human Rights Information Center (Philrights)


Think Centre

Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC)

Singaporeans for Democracy (SFD)

We Believe in Second Chances

South Korea

Catholic Human Rights Committee

AI Korea

Sri Lanka

Action for Peace and Human Rights (APHR)


AI Taiwan

Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP)


Union for Civil Liberty

AI Thailand


National Centre for Women and Children (NCWC)


Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN)


ADPAN Partners

World Coalition against the Death Penalty (WCADP)

AI Netherlands

Ensemble Contre La Peine De Mort (ECPM), France

Amnesty International

Death Penalty Project, UK

Academics for Abolition (REPECAP), Spain

Comunità di Sant’ Egidio, Italy

Danish Medical Group Against The Death Penalty

Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rightsm, USA (MVFHR) 

Reprieve, UK

The Rights Practice


In addition to member organisations, ADPAN also has individual members including also in Vietnam, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Singapore.

For further details or membership requests: contactadpan@gmail.com

Click here to read ADPAN’s CONSTITUTION together with Membership Application Form

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