On 6 December 2011 the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network launched two major reports that explain why unfair convictions are so common in Asia-Pacific, where governments execute more people than the rest of the world combined, and details the stories behind the statistics.
The death penalty, even with the most stringent fair trials safeguards in place, will inevitability claim innocent victims. It is meaningless to speakof the permissibility of an unfair trial – the right to a fair trial is an ancient one and in more recent years has been codified in international human rights law binding on all UN member states.
Despite the infallibility of any justice system, but given that the death penalty exists a right to a fair trial for those facing the death penalty is crucial and key to establishing safeguards the rights of the defendant but to serve the ends of justice as a whole.
The possibility of the state taking the life of someone in error following an unfair trial is real in the Asia Pacific region, where 95% of the population reside in jurisdictions that retain and use the death penalty. Safeguards for fair trial are being violated in law and practice in a number of countries throughout the Asia Pacific region. While proponents of the death penalty talk about the need to strengthen law and order and provide justice for victims of crime, evidence shows that justice in capital trials is often illusory and the law undermined in practice.
In the Asia-Pacific region, thousands of people are being sentenced to death and executed every year after unfair trials which fail to comply with international standards, undermining the rule of law and violating the right to life, the right to a fair trial and the ban on torture and other ill-treatment.
Read our campaigning report:
- “Lethal Injustice in Asia – End Unfair Trials, Stop Executions” (English)
- 亚洲的致命不公, 终止不公审判 (Simplified Chinese)
- हिंदी (Hindi)
- Ketidakadilan Yang Mematikan di Asia – Akhiri peradilan yang tidak adil, hentikan eksekusi (Bahasa Indonesia)
- 不当に奪われる生命 ～アジアにおける不公正な裁判を止め、死刑執行の停止を～(Japanese)
- 아시아에서의 치명적 불의 불공정 재판을 멈춰라, 사형집행을 중단하라 (Korean)
- АЗИ ТИВ ДЭХ ЭНЭРЭЛГҮЙ ШУДАРГА БУС ЯВДАЛ – Шударга бусaap шүүх явдлыг зогсоож, цаазын ялыг халъя (Mongolian)
- Nakamamatay Na Kawalan Ng Katarungan Sa Asya – Itigil ang Di Makatarungang Paglilitis, Itigil ang Pagbitay (Tagalog)
- การประหารชีวิตที่อยุติธรรมในภูมิภาคเอเชีย ยุติการพิจารณาคดีที่ไม่เป็นธรรม ยกเลิกการประหารชีวิต (Thai)
- غیرمنصفانہ مقدمات بند، سزاے موت ختم کریںایشیا میں مہلک ناانصافی (Urdu)
ADPAN APPEAL CASES
- 简体中文 (Simplified Chinese)
- हिंदी (Hindi)
- Bahasa Indonesia
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- 한국의 (Korean)
- Melayu (Malay)
- Монгол (Mongolian)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- اردو (Urdu)
The Eight Individual Unfair Trial Cases in English:
- Leng Guoquan (China)
- Devender P. Singh (India)
- Hakamada Iwao (Japan)
- Reza Shah (Malaysia)
- Aftab Bahadur (Pakistan)
- Yong Vui Kong (Singapore)
- Chiou Ho-shun (Taiwan)
- Zulfiqar Ali (Indonesia) [English] [Bahasa Indonesia]
- Humphrey Jefferson Ejike Eleweke (Indonesia)