After Andrew and Myuran, here's our next step
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Dear Mercy supporter,

In recent weeks, many of you have reached out to us, asking 'where to now?'. While we mourn the passing of Andrew and Myuran, we are hard at work on our next steps. 

The Mercy Campaign was started by Reprieve Australia after the execution of Van Nguyen, an Australian killed by a foreign government.

Reprieve Australia is a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to ending the death penalty, delivering justice and saving lives. We determined that if this ever happened again, there would be a community to fight for the lives of those on death row.  

This week, we proudly joined a collection of civil society groups in calling for a new strategy for global abolition. 

Alongside Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Law Centre, Australians Detained Abroad, the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Civil Liberties Australia and UnitingJustice Australia, we have released a four-point strategy "Australian Government and the Death Penalty: A Way Forward". 

Together, we support:
  1. Developing a new Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade public strategy document aimed at ending the death penalty, everywhere
  2. Using the aid program to support civil society organisations campaigning for abolition in retentionist countries
  3. Joining forces with other nations - through the United Nations and other multilateral and regional bodies - to push for universal adoption of a global moratorium on the death penalty
  4. Putting in place stronger legislation so the Australian Federal Police is required by law and in operational procedures not to share information with other law enforcement agencies that would potentially result in suspected perpetrators facing the death penalty
Also, on Friday night, we hosted an event in collaboration with The Wheeler Centre featuring Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Honourable Justice Lex Lasry and Reprieve Australia co-founder and director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center Richard Bourke.

In a sharp, insightful discussion, they laid out various visions of how Australia could work to change regional policy on the death penalty. 

Listen to the podcast of the Wheeler Centre event here!
Moderator Sally Warhaft, the Honourable Lex Lasry, Professor Gillian Triggs and Richard Bourke discuss the future of the death penalty at the Reprieve/Wheeler Centre event.
This is just the beginning of our long journey to ensure Australia becomes a true global leader in ending the death penalty.

Please share our statement, and join team Reprieve in our work to end the death penalty everywhere. For more information, visit our website, or our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Thank you for your support,

The team at Reprieve Australia
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