Greens Leader Kim Booth MP today called on leaders in Australia and overseas to remain steadfast in their opposition to the death penalty, in light of the news this morning that convicted Bali 9 members, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were transported to execution island.
“Unfortunately Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran appear to have lost their fight to have their death sentences for drug trafficking commuted,” Mr Booth said.
“It is without a doubt a horrific crime that these men were charged and found guilty of committing, but State sanctioned murder is absolutely abhorrent and must never be condoned, and certainly not reintroduced in Australia.”
“We must never lose sight of our common humanity, and now more than ever we need our political and community leaders to stand united.”
“Proudly, Australia is a Party to the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, however countries such as Indonesia and the United States are not.”
“We must continue to lead by example on this issue.”
“The Greens are in unequivocal agreement with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the death penalty has no place in the 21st Century.”
“The Greens’ thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran during this very difficult time,” Mr Booth said.
Text of Notice of Motion tabled today by Greens Leader Kim Booth MP:
That this House:
Notes that the impending executions of Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia has raised the issue of the death penalty in Australia;
Notes that in September 2014 a Morgan poll found that 52.5% favoured the death penalty, a significant increase from a 2009 poll that found only 23% supported the death penalty.
Notes that the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that the abolition of the death penalty ‘contributes to enhancement of human dignity and progressive development of human rights’;
Notes that the death penalty is the most premeditated of murders and that State sanctioned murder, carried out in the name of its citizens, is particularly brutal;
Notes that the death penalty has been found to have no deterrent effect, does not rehabilitate and removes the chance for an individual to change their attitudes towards crime over time;
Agrees it is incumbent upon elected representatives to be steadfast in opposition to the use of the death penalty both in Australia and other countries; and
Agrees that the death penalty is an archaic remnant of justice systems past that has no place in modern society.