We believe the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that has no place in our world. We believe the narrative needs to change from one of solely punishment, bias and isolation – to one of reform, opportunity and true justice.
We need to stop locking up and killing people with addictions and mental health issues and start treating them like human beings and give them the healthcare and the opportunities they deserve.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world – with 25% of the world’s prisoners held there. And at least 32 countries still prescribe the death penalty for drug offences. One of these is Iran, which may execute more drug offenders than any other country (over 300 people in 2014).
Indonesia has recently executed drug offenders in plain view of the world, including members of the Bali Nine. The UN’s own drug control bodies have condemned the death penalty for drug offences:
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) advocates the abolition of the death penalty, and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has urged states to “consider the abolition of the death penalty for drug-related offences”. Virgin Unite, Richard and the Global Commission on Drug Policy call for the abolition of the death penalty for drug offences, and ultimately for all offences.