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Asia and the Pacific Death Penalty

India: The death penalty

The Indian Constitution protects the right to life. Yet on average over a dozen Indians are executed every year for criminal offences. Most of them are poor and illiterate. Although the Indian Constitution guarantees all its citizens equality before the law, the fact that people are executed...
Indonesia Detention

Indonesia: Subversion trials in Yogyakarta

The subversion trials of two prisoners of conscience , Bambang Isti Nugroho, aged 29 , and Bambang Subono , aged 28 , began in Yogyakarta in late April 1989 . The two men were arrested in June 1988 , and later charged under the Anti-Subversion Law of 1963 {UU No . 11 / 1963). If […]
Africa Death Penalty

1989 Campaign against the death penalty – Country appeals series, Circular 26B -Action on South Africa during campaign phase two – South Africa: The death penalty – Update

This paper supplements AFR 53/03/89 with more specific information about the use of the death penalty in South Africa during the first half of 1989. At least 34 people were executed and 37 prisoners are reported to have had their sentences commuted to terms of imprisonment. A number of people have...