Oklahoma | I went inside death row, what I saw made me sick - Henry McLeish

The evolution of civilised behaviour, indicating a retreat from barbarism, has become a distinctive feature of most modern western democracies, but America often disappoints, retaining practices that shock, sadden, and in my case, nearly made me physically sick.
My visit to death row at McAlester State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, brought home to me, how the final setting for government sponsored killings, combined with execution by lethal injection, brought a brutal end to lives. And made a mockery of the idea of justice, offering instead a violent, humiliating, and inhuman act of revenge, with no serious pretence that any of these end of life dramas, provide any deterrence in criminal justice terms. Formerly known as “Indian Territory”, and home of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, with a population of over 4 million, became a state in 1907. Located in America’s “Bible” belt, where there is a strong fundamentalist Christian tradition and powerful Republican politics, Oklahoma remains a pro…

Documentary maker says censorship concerns didn't stop her making film on Myuran Sukumaran's final 72 hours

Death row isolation cells on Nusakambangan Penal island Indonesia
A new documentary that tracks Myuran Sukumaran's final 72 hours before he was executed in Indonesia is about to be screened in Taiwan, a country that still has the death penalty.

Co-writer and producer Maggie Miles says she "worked very closely with Raji Sukumaran," Mr Sukumaran's mother, in making the documentary about her son.

Myuran Sukumaran was a member of the Bali Nine and became an accomplished artist who was "fully rehabilitated" at the time of his execution in 2015.

Ms Miles says Taiwan is the first country in which the death penalty still exists that the film will be shown.

"I was concerned about the censorship process... but I think our cultural considerations in making the film enabled us to get through that censorship process. We focus on the beauty of Myuran's art and his incredible spirit which really exists way beyond his life."

The screenings in Taiwan align with the 40th International Federation for Human Rights Congress and will take place in Taipei.

Source: abc.net.au, Staff, October 17, 2019

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