‘Lethal Injustice in Asia’ – thousands executed after unfair trials

On 6 December 2011 ADPAN launched two new reports and eight appeal cases revealing how across Asia thousands face execution after unfair trials.

‘Lethal Injustice in Asia – End Unfair Trials, Stop Executions’ illustrates through eight individual cases how proceedings fail to meet international standards. From Pakistan to Japan an array of factors, including torture, mandatory death sentences, right to be presumed innocent, access to a lawyer and the independence of the judiciary contribute to the problem. In some cases this has resulted in the innocent being executed whilst the real perpetrators remain free.

‘When Justice Fails – Thousands executed in Asia after unfair trials’ provides a detailed insight into international fair trials standards and how individual countries in the region fail in regard to specific aspects.

All the materials published today are available on this blogs Unfair Trials page. Many are available in Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (short form), Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu.

A selection of related videos are available here.

For press enquiries please contact;

In London

Louise Vischer, ADPAN Coordinator

+ 44 (0)207 413 565

Skype: louise.vischer1

In Hong Kong

Robert Godden, Asia-Pacific Campaign Coordinator, Amnesty International

+852 23857513

Skype: robert.godden2

In Taiwan        

Hsinyi Li from Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) at hsinyi1975@gmail.com  +886 225218870 / +886 930019345

For general enquiries please email us at contactadpan@gmail.com

Launch of new report – Asia: Stop executions and unfair trials

On Tuesday 6 December, at a press conference in Tapei, the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) is launching a report revealing how a small group of Asian countries are defying the global trend against the death penalty and putting to death thousands of people after unfair trials every year.

 14 Asian countries, taken together, execute more people than the rest of the world combined.

 ‘When Justice Fails, Thousands executed after unfair trials’ highlights, through the cases of eight people on death row, the struggle to secure a fair trial in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Pakistan.

  •  ADPAN spokespeople are available for interview
  • Amnesty International spokespeople are available for interview
    • Relatives of those on death row are available for interview
    • Images and audio-visual material are available
    • Press conference:
    • Tuesday 6 December 14.30 at Café Philo, B1, No.3, Shaoxing N. St., Taipei City 100, Taiwan

For information or to arrange interviews please contact:

 In London

Katya Nasim, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific press officer at katya.nasim@amnesty.org,

+ 44 207 413 5871 / + 44 (0) 7904 398 103          

 In Taiwan        

Hsinyi Li from Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) at hsinyi1975@gmail.com        +886 225218870 / +886 930019345