The Death Penalty: Why Should Australian Care?

Event date: 
3 Jul 2008 6:30pm
Venue: 
Sydney University Law School Assembly Hall

The Death Penalty: Why Should Australian Care?

An expert panel will discuss The death penalty: Why should Australians care? at an Amnesty International event at the Sydney University Law School Assembly Hall on Thursday July 3 at 6.30pm. 

 In statistics published in April, Amnesty International revealed that at least 1,200 people were executed in 2007 and expressed deep concern that many more were killed by the state, in secret, in countries including China, Mongolia and Vietnam.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The panel includes:

  • Professor Andrew Byrnes, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and Chair of the Australian Human Rights Centre
  • Rachel Walsh, President, Reprieve Australia
  • Michael Walton, Convenor of the Against the Death Penalty Sub-Committee, NSW Council for Civil Liberties
  • Shannon Owen film-maker and co-creator of Just Punishment, an ABC documentary on Van Tuong Nguyen who was executed in Singapore in 2005

The moderator:

Associate Professor Andrea Durbach, lawyer for the Upington 25 (14 of whom were sentenced to death), South Africa; Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and Director, Australian Human Rights Centre