The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) is a cross-regional network committed to working for the abolition of the death penalty across Asia and the Pacific.
Launched in 2006 on the World Day against the Death Penalty, ADPAN was founded in Hong Kong following a Consultative Meeting organised by Amnesty International. It answered a call from local abolitionists to organise regionally to end the death penalty across Asia and the Pacific.
- More people are executed in Asia-Pacific than in the rest of the world combined at a time when regionally and in the world the number of executions is declining.
- 95% of the world’s population live in countries that retain and use the death penalty.
- 13 countries in the region have carried out executions in the past ten years.
- Failures of justice in trials that end in a death sentence cannot be reversed. Unfair trials in death penalty cases are known and documented across the region.
- The death penalty is not an effective deterrent to combat crime.
- The majority of those that face the death penalty are poor or from the marginalised in society.
- ADPAN maintains that the death penalty violates the right to life and is the ultimate form of cruel inhuman and degrading punishment.
Who We Are
A growing active network with members in 28 countries, ADPAN is independent of governments and any political or religious affiliation.
Members are lawyers, NGOs, civil society groups, human rights defenders and activists and come from: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Viet Nam, UK, USA (see more detailed list below).
What We Do
ADPAN campaigns and lobbies for an end to the death penalty across the Asia Pacific region. We do this by:
- Joining in major actions and lobbying against the death penalty on countries from the region.
- Appealing on behalf of individuals facing execution from the region.
- Participating in the annual World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October) and Cities for Life 30 November.
- Issuing news releases, joint open letters and statements, online.
- Producing cross-regional reports and materials challenging the need for the death penalty such as unfair trials.
- Supporting the establishment of national coalitions against the death penalty.
- Contributing to national and regional strategies in support of abolition.
- Attending conferences to talk about regional developments on the death penalty.
ADPAN Member Organisations:
Criminal Justice Coalition
Hong Kong Joint Committee for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
End the Death Penalty Group
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat)
Legal Awareness Watch (LAW)
Papua New Guinea
Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum (ICRAF)
Philippine Human Rights Information Center (Philrights)
Catholic Human Rights Committee
Regional and Worldwide
Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN)
Academics for Abolition (REPECAP), Spain
Comunità di Sant’ Egidio, Italy
Ensemble Contre La Peine De Mort (ECPM), France
In addition to these member organisations, individual members, including journalists, lawyers and activists have joined ADPAN from Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Viet Nam.
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