The Australian Government reaffirms its opposition to capital punishment on World Day Against the Death Penalty.

I call on all countries which retain the death penalty to reject this most cruel form of punishment. 

Australia has taken the fight against the death penalty to the world.  Advocacy for global abolition of capital punishment is a core feature of Australia’s human rights policy.  It will be a priority for our term on the Human Rights Council in 2018-20, should we be successful at the vote in a few days’ time.

This year marks 50 years since Australia’s last execution.  The hanging of Ronald Ryan in 1967 sparked nationwide protests which eventually led to its abolition.

The death penalty does not make communities safer, it disproportionately affects disadvantaged members of society. It has no place in the modern world.

Australia opposes the death penalty, at home and abroad.

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