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Spare the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Published: 19 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) urges the Federal Government to continue their campaign to strongly oppose the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

AASW National President Karen Healy says capital punishment is not a deterrent to crime, and the death penalty is a form of torture.

“The AASW opposes the death penalty as an unjust and unjustifiable punishment,” says Professor Healy.
“We ask for the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be spared.”

The moral foundations of societies erode if governments treat fundamental non-negotiable human rights as a privilege, which can be dispensed for good behaviour or withdrawn for bad.

State executions give the dangerous message that serious problems can be solved by killing people.
“Prisoners on death row agonise emotionally and psychologically about their impending fate,” says Professor Healy.
“These two young men have a right to life and therefore should not be executed.”

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers