About Us

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.
  • 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.
  • Sharing information and activities using social media: Twitter, Facebook, this blog.
  • 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:


Afghanistan Human Rights Organisation


AI Australia

Criminal Justice Coalition

Australians Against Capital Punishment





China Against the Death Penalty



Hong Kong

Hong Kong Society and Community Organization (SoCo)

Hong Kong Joint Committee for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

End the Death Penalty Group

AI Hong Kong


Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

AI India

Lawyers Collective

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)


Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence (KontraS)


Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat)


Center for Prisoners’ Rights

Forum 90

AI Japan


Civil Rights Committee of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

Lawyers for Liberty

Malaysians against the death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)

AI Malaysia


AI Mongolia


AI Nepal

New Zealand

AI New Zealand


Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Legal Awareness Watch (LAW)

Prison Fellowship Pakistan

Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD)

Papua New Guinea

Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum (ICRAF)


AI Philippines

Philippine Human Rights Information Center (Philrights)


Think Centre

Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC)

Singaporeans for Democracy (SFD)

We Believe in Second Chances

South Korea

Catholic Human Rights Committee

AI Korea

 Sri Lanka

Action for Peace and Human Rights (APHR)


AI Taiwan

Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP)


Union for Civil Liberty

AI Thailand



National Centre for Women and Children (NCWC)

 Regional and Worldwide

Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN)

Academics for Abolition (REPECAP), Spain

Comunità di Sant’ Egidio, Italy

Amnesty International

Danish Medical Group Against The Death Penalty

Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights (MVFHR) 


The Rights Practice

World Coalition against the Death Penalty (WCADP)

Ensemble Contre La Peine De Mort (ECPM), France

Death Penalty Project, UK

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.

For further details or membership requests: contactadpan@gmail.com

Leave a comment


  1. Garry Perkins

     /  April 12, 2012

    How do I get involved helping Yong Vui Kong to avoid the death penalty in Singapore?

    • Hi Garry, thanks for being in contact and your concern for Yong Vui Kong. May I refer you to the Urgent Action posted on this blog that outlines action you can take.

  1. 11th World Day against the Death Penalty! Let’s petition and lobby to end the death penalty!

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