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.
- Participating in the annual World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October) and Cities for Life 30 November.
- 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.
- 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) – email@example.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
Criminal Justice Coalition
Hong Kong Joint Committee for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
Hong Kong End The Death Penalty Group
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat)
Legal Awareness Watch (LAW)
Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO)
Papua New Guinea
Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum (ICRAF)
Philippine Human Rights Information Center (Philrights)
Catholic Human Rights Committee
Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN)
Ensemble Contre La Peine De Mort (ECPM), France
Academics for Abolition (REPECAP), Spain
Comunità di Sant’ Egidio, Italy
In addition to member organisations, ADPAN also has individual members including also in Vietnam, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Singapore.
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