death penalty

Indonesia executes fifth drug-trafficker

Indonesia has executed a convicted drug-trafficker - the fifth person to be put to death since March this year - in what could be a worrying sign for two Australians on death row in Bali.

Pakistani man, Muhammad Abdul Hafeez, a convicted drug-trafficker was executed by firing squad at a South Tangerang cemetery on the southern outskirts of the capital Jakarta early last Sunday morning. Hafeez, 44, was sentenced to death in 2001 for attempting to smuggle more than a kilo of heroin into Indonesia.

Singapore and the Death Penalty

A recent amendment in Singapore has saved one drug mule from execution. It was a pleasant surprise for many last Thursday, when the courts lifted the death penalty on a drug-trafficker for the first time in its history. Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian who was sentenced to hang in 2009, was spared after a judge ruled that Yong was merely a drug courier, rather than involved in the supply or distribution of narcotics.

Egypt's executioner tells of his love for his job

In a revealing interview, Egypt's chief executioner spoke of his childhood hobby that led to his career executing those sentenced to death in the Muslim-majority country. Hajj Abd Al-Nabi, who serves as the chief warrant officer in the Egyptian prison system, claims that he has executed approximately 800 people during his days as chief executioner.

Speaking on television, Al-Nabi said “I have placed the noose around some 800 heads - tough people, big people, young people. All had committed despicable crimes, including adultery, and so on.”

IRAN: Hanging survivor spared a second hanging

After a huge international outcry from human rights activists around the world, Iran has decided to spare the life of a 37-year-old man who miraculously survived a hanging after being convicted of drug-trafficking. Iranian authorities were insisting that the offender should be hanged a second time.

World Day Against Death Penalty (October 10)

Australian human rights activists are voicing their opposition against the use of the death penalty around the world by educating the public and raising awareness of the facts and fallacies surrounding the use of the death penalty worldwide.

Currently 21 countries continue to use this barbaric form of punishment and approximately 23,000 prisoners are awaiting execution.

The Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty (ACADP) calls upon and urges Australian political leaders to publicly voice their opposition against this form of state-sanctioned violence disguised as justice.