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Kurt Morrow

Is the death penalty un-Christian?

In the Western world, the U.S. is one of only one of two countries with capital punishment, and support remains strongest in the 'Bible Belt'. Here's a look at the historic arguments within Christian communities over the death penalty.
A wall of Myuran Sukumaran’s self portraits at the Sydney Festival exhibition Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise. Supplied

Myuran Sukumaran’s artistic voice is raw, premature and unsettling

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.
President of Botswana Ian Khama. He leads a country that’s lost the shine created by his father Seretse Khama. EPA/Alejandro Ernesto

Botswana at 50: The end of an African success story?

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. Reuters/Beawiharta

Why executions in Indonesia must stop

Not only does the death penalty violate human rights, executions in Indonesia are carried out under a deeply flawed justice system.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-gay bill into law on February 24 2014. Reuters/James Akena

‘Gays the new Jews’: African media homophobia vs Twitter empathy

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.
Philip Ruddock attracted the ire of human rights activists for his actions as a minister in the Howard government. AAP/Dean Lewins

Ruddock as human rights envoy? Don’t scoff too soon

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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Moratorium or not, Indonesia could be abandoning the death penalty

Whether Indonesia’s unofficial 'moratorium' on the death penalty is genuine or temporary, this is an advocacy moment for Australia to seize.
Julie Bishop was a particularly strong advocate in urging Indonesia to spare the lives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. AAP/Mick Tsikas

What more can Australia do to end the death penalty worldwide?

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.

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