On Thursday, 10th October, at 7pm, join like-minded individuals at Federation Square to protest against the death penalty.
Why should I care about the death penalty?
The death penalty was formally abolished in Australia in 1967. Out of 198 countries in the world, only 21 continue to use the death penalty as punishment. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises the right to life and the right not to be subject to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and in the opinion of Amnesty International, these rights are violated by the continued use of the death penalty.
Proponents of death penalty abolition argue that the death penalty is inhumane. The execution of Angel Nieves Diaz in 2006 by 'humane' lethal injection took 34 minutes, and required two doses. Other executions around the world take place by the methods of hanging, shooting, and beheading, and are often publicised - causing distress to the victim's family and friends.
Furthermore, statistics show that criminals are not deterred by the death penalty. In fact, 27 years after abolishing the death penalty, Canada saw a 44% drop in murders across the country.
There will also be opportunities to network and meet members of Amnesty International. How do I attend?
While the event is free, you will need to register online to attend. Amnesty International candles will be provided for vigil participants, and there will be a door prize, so don't forget to register and bring your ticket along!