Law Society of Tasmania opposes the death penalty


Whilst the Law Society of Tasmania recognises the rights of sovereign states to impose their own laws that reflect the values of those states, we wholly and emphatically voice our opposition to the imposition of the death penalty in respect of the Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukimaran.  In voicing our opposition, we join the growing chorus of opposition.

Notwithstanding the serious crimes that both Australians have committed, The Law Society of Tasmania in all circumstances condemns the use of capital punishment and maintains that there are no occasions when such a penalty is appropriate. There is no evidence to suggest that the use of capital punishment is successful as a general deterrent to offending. It is however an abuse of human rights.

The state sanctioned killing of another human being has no place in a modern society that values the human rights of its citizens.


Matthew Verney


0438 248 708



17 February 2015