Wednesday, 29 April 2015

New Editorship and New Content for ADP

Dear Readers,

Asia Death Penalty is a blog founded in 2006, by Tim Goodwin.  The purpose of the blog is to provide information to support people in Asia - and around the world - in the struggle to end the death penalty. The blog focuses on countries in the Asian region (broadly defined), but it also reports on issues of interest in the worldwide campaign for a world without executions. This blog draws on the work of Asian media and international human rights organisations, but it is an independent site.

The original author of the Asia Death Penalty Blog, Tim Goodwin, decided not to continue posting in 2012 for various personal reasons.  Tim has invited myself (Daniel Pascoe) and Michelle Miao to take over as new editors to revive the blog.  We are both academics at City University of Hong Kong and the University of Nottingham, respectively.  Our research is focused on capital punishment in Asia.

We plan to post the following information on the blog, with proper attribution:

- NGO press releases and reports, including online petitions
- government press releases and UN documents
- academic articles, book reviews and notes on relevant international conferences
- relevant legal decisions

Here, we defined Asia broadly, as including East and Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East.  As of April 2015, the countries within these regions that retain the death penalty as a criminal punishment in law consist of the following:

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, China (PRC), China (Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (DPRK), Korea (ROK), Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen.

Initially, our first few posts will document the most important developments in death penalty practice in Asia from 2011 to 2015 (the period during which the blog has been dormant). Thereafter, we will keep readers informed of regular developments.

We welcome contributions and comments.  If you have material to contribute to to the blog, please contact us at or

Please note, this is an abolitionist site. Please do not use it to post comments in support of the death penalty or calling for particular people to be executed. We encourage you to use the stories and information posted on this blog. However, when you copy or distribute stories from this site, please acknowledge the original source and URL each time.

We hope you find the blog helpful,

Dr Daniel Pascoe
Assistant Professor
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong

Dr Michelle Miao
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Nottingham

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