Submission on the Inquiry into Australia’s Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

Working together to end capital punishment:  Australian Parliamentary Inquiry Recognises Value of Asian Civil Society Advocacy for Abolition of the Death Penalty

The Inquiry’s report A World Without the Death Penalty:  Australia’s Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty” endorses the value of building civil society capacity on human rights advocacy.

Recommendations made by the DTP have been picked up in the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry Final Report.The recommendations highlight the important role civil society advocacy in Asia plays in moving towards abolition of the death penalty. DTP has had a focus on the rights of migrant workers from Asia in recent years and emphasised their vulnerability to the death sentence when brought before the courts in the Middle East and Malaysia.  Migrant workers, and victims of trafficking, are sometimes used as drug “mules” and fall prey to mandatory death sentences for drug crimes in different jurisdictions.

DTP’s submission was prompted by the involvement of DTP’s Indonesian alumni in the efforts to prevent the execution of Myuran Sukhamaran and Andrew Chan and others in 2015, DTP made a written submission to the Australian Parliament. DTP Board Member, and Chair of the Australian Human Rights Centre, Professor Andrew Byrnes was subsequently called to appear to give Oral Evidence and UNSW Law PhD candidate Bhatara ibnu Reza provided additional information.