10th World Day against the Death Penalty, 2012

WORLD DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY 2012

On 10 October this year, the World Day against the Death Penalty focussed on the progress made over the past ten years and the remaining challenges ahead. It was especially successful with hundreds of events worldwide as well as substantial media coverage of these activities. In the Asia-Pacific region, many ADPAN members, including in Australia, Bangladesh, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, and Thailand held events, including public discussions, seminars, and signature campaigns.

  • ADPAN published a Newsflash and an article, discussing the positive developments and obstacles to abolition in Asia-Pacific.
  • ADPAN also published an additional appeal caseZulfiqar Ali from Indonesia – illustrating the ongoing unfair trials concerns in Indonesia and across the region.

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On 9 October, ADPAN coordinator Louise Vischer represented ADPAN at a Roundtable organised by the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) held in Madrid. The Roundtable was attended by representatives of intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), experts and Commissioners from the ICDP. The roundtable reviewed developments on the death penalty and identified legal and political challenges and opportunities for the coming five years. Interventions and discussion covered specific country, regional and thematic issues as well as the complementary roles of IGOs, NGOs and governments to further the abolition of the death penalty.

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ADPAN’s impact and work used by members:

There was a notable interest in the outputs ADPAN publicised for this World Day in particular views on its blog around the World Day. On the day itself, the blog was viewed by the highest number of times, from people all over the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan and the Maldives. ADPAN also noted an increased interest in its Facebook site with additional ‘likes’:  http://www.facebook.com/ADPANetwork

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  • Imparsial received hard copies of the ADPAN Appeal case on Indonesia for Zulfiqar Ali in Bahasa Indonesia and English. The Appeal Case was distributed to participants and speakers involved in a training for lawyers organised by Imparsial and participants and speakers who joined a seminar/public discussion held on 10th October.

ACTIVITIES OF ADPAN MEMBERS

  • Reprieve Australia held an event, which sold out, on the eve of the 10tt October. The discussions celebrated Reprieve’s success but also highlighted the ongoing struggle against the death penalty in Asia and worldwide.
  • The Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN) called for action by their members around the World Day by organising a photo competition. Supporters were asked to take action on behalf of Chiou Ho-shun, who has been under the sentence of death for over 23 years in Taiwan following an unfair trial.For more information, see: http://www.apyouth.net/2011/10/weekly-action-for-apyn-youth-%E2%80%93-7-oct/

©APYN

  • Civil Rights Committee of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) organised a film screening, showing ’12 Angry Men’, a film about a jury (12 Angry Men) deciding on a mandatory death penalty case.
  • Imparsial (Indonesia) organised a training for Indonesian lawyers and a seminar/public discussion entitled “Death Penalty and Constitution”.
  • The Singapore Working Group on the Death Penalty, a collaboration of ADPAN members Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign, We Believe in 2nd Chances and Think Centre published a statement welcoming the global changes but also highlighting concerns, such the mandatory death penalty. See: http://rachelzeng.wordpress.com/
  • AI Mongolia organised an exhibition ‘On the Gallows’, a film discussion and conducted a training for law school students. Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia (NHRC), Mongolian Victims’ Association and defence lawyers and others all gave speeches. They also collected signatures for Myanmar and Indonesia.

© Amnesty International

  • AI Nepal organized a demonstration with over 150 members, supporters and civil society organisations, and collected signatures to express concern over the ongoing executions in Asia-Pacific. Participants demonstrated with banners and plea-cards with different slogans against the death penalty. Similarly, leaflets related to information about death penalty were distributed to the public, and 800 signatures were collected for Hari Bahadur Ghale, a Nepali migrant worker who is facing a death sentence in Malaysia. These signatures will be sent to the Malaysian embassy in Kathmandu. For more information, see:

© Amnesty International

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