World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Opposition to Death Penalty

Rudd Government Misses the Boat on Opposition to Death Penalty

Media Release
Sunday November 9, 2008 7:30am WST
For immediate Release
No Embargoes

"There has been no noise, no statements, and no expression of Australia's long-held opposition to the death penalty in the context of Indonesia's execution of the Bali Bombers, and while this sorry undermining of Australia's strong and principled opposition to the death penalty was started by Prime Minister Howard, Kevin Rudd has shown the same undermining of these principles," WA Human Rights group said this morning.

"When Kevin Rudd came to power last year, we thought that under his prime ministership Australia would be much stronger in maintaining such principles, nurtured by Kevin Rudd's faith, Christian convictions and strong ethics and moral underpinnings, but regrettably Rudd has shown himself more a politician than a moral and ethical leader, and we deeply grieve about this," the group's spokesman Jack H Smit said.

"You cannot hold a principled opposition to the death penalty, and then go quiet when criminals get executed. That principle is universal, and it does not depend on the nature of the crime."

"Kevin Rudd has furthered the undermining of Australia's human rights principles, and this is very disturbing. He is too weak to stand up when it counts," Mr Smit concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO: