A Thai court has sentenced Australian man Antonio Bagnato to death for the murder and kidnapping of a Hells Angels member.
The Australian government must distinguish between horrific crime and a barbaric sentence.
Executed in Bahrain.
State killings are the latest demonstration of the country's regression.
A wall of Myuran Sukumaran’s self portraits at the Sydney Festival exhibition Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise.
Most people who see Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise, opening today as part of the Sydney Festival, will already have a strong opinion on the artist and his death – but a few may have their minds changed.
Punitive measures and forced rehabilitation don’t work.
As in other parts of the world, the war on drugs in Southeast Asian countries has huge social, moral and medical costs. Now, an approach that places harm reduction at its centre is gaining support.
President of Botswana Ian Khama. He leads a country that’s lost the shine created by his father Seretse Khama.
For a global audience, the movie 'A United Kingdom' provides a topical account of race relations. The love story is likely to revitalize the popular viewpoint of Botswana as a national success story.
Human rights experts in Indonesia have repeatedly called for the government to stop the use of capital punishment.
Not only does the death penalty violate human rights, executions in Indonesia are carried out under a deeply flawed justice system.
Indonesia is in the midst of another round of executions.
Advocacy efforts are easier to dismiss when they are seen to reflect vested interests more than principled foundations.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-gay bill into law on February 24 2014.
Consensual same-sex conduct is a crime in 38 African countries. The media in those countries are very much in cahoots with their rulers. But they're getting their comeuppance from Twitter.
The execution chamber at Utah State Prison.
When drug companies refused to ship chemicals to the US for use in lethal injections it led to several botched executions, reopening the debate over the death penalty.
Condemned Row at San Quentin State Prison
For an unlucky few, an execution can mean the death of their own hopes of overturning a wrongful conviction.
Philip Ruddock attracted the ire of human rights activists for his actions as a minister in the Howard government.
As Australia’s special envoy for human rights, Philip Ruddock will have the chance to change the world instead of listening to other people make suggestions about how it might be done.
Indonesia’s unofficial ‘pause’ on the death penalty has come too late for Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
Whether Indonesia’s unofficial 'moratorium' on the death penalty is genuine or temporary, this is an advocacy moment for Australia to seize.
Gallows legacy. Albert Pierrepoint and the nature of the executioner.
50 years after the UK first experimented with removing the death penalty for murder, one name has become our bridge to the hangman's noose.
Julie Bishop was a particularly strong advocate in urging Indonesia to spare the lives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
Beyond general expressions of “opposition” to capital punishment, Australia did not emphasise specific human rights principles in its lobbying of Indonesia to spare Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Capital punishment is unfairly imposed, innocent people are regularly condemned and it is patently ineffective in deterring crime. So why to states retain the death penalty?
Demonstration against the death penalty in Paris.
World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Not only does capital punishment not deter crime but it's more expensive than keeping a convicted murderer in prison for life.
Too many innocent people ended up here: the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas.
The US Supreme Court is bitterly divided over the death penalty. One reason for that is all the convictions based on coerced confessions
The legislature has spoken, but is the governor listening?
Abolition has become a political football – and many politicians see the advantage of supporting it.
Juan Melendez – one of 150 innocent people who have been released from death row.
Witness to Innocence
More than 150 people have been released from death rows around the US after having their wrongful convictions overturned. Most continue to face social stigma and unemployment.
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi waves at his trial with other Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo, in May. He was subsequently sentenced to death. Egypt is among a handful of African countries that regularly execute.
Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
As with most aspects of criminal justice in sub-Saharan Africa, the death penalty as it currently exists in law is a colonial import. Criminal justice before the modern era was a private matter.