November 25, 2020
Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty
By Sebastian Strangio
The region remains a global outlier in terms of the use of capital punishment.
December 26, 2019
Japan Executes First Foreigner in 10 Years for Family Murder
By Associated Press
Japan and the U.S. are the only two of the G7 countries that continue to use capital punishment.
November 21, 2019
Drug Trafficker Case Another Test for Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan Government
By Luke Hunt
A new case will spotlight Malaysia’s approach to the death penalty at home as well as its ties with Australia and Western countries more generally.
June 18, 2019
The Real Failure of Southeast Asia’s Drug Wars
By David Hutt
Wars against drugs may be winning political campaigns, but they are losing socioeconomic battles.
May 06, 2019
Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
By Thisanka Siripala
With a new imperial year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, death row inmates are likely to be spared in the coming two years.
April 03, 2018
Capital Punishment, Human Rights, and Indonesia's Chance for the Moral High Ground
By Jack Britton
The execution of Indonesian migrant workers highlights the need for new protections, both abroad and at home.
May 18, 2017
The Death Penalty in South Asia
By Jivesh Jha
Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka have effectively abolished capital punishment. The rest of South Asia hasn't.
February 10, 2016
Taiwan: Can Tsai Ing-Wen Change the Politics of Death?
By Michael Caster
The incoming president faces a debate over the death penalty.
January 10, 2015
China’s Coming Energy Revolution
By Shannon Tiezzi
Plus, Chinese special forces, the Sri Lankan election, and capital punishment for foreigners. Friday China links.
May 04, 2014
The Death Penalty: Cruel But Still Not Unusual
By Margaret K. Lewis
Executions in Taiwan and the U.S. this week underscore that capital punishment is alive and well.
March 14, 2014
Help Wanted: A Reliable Executioner in Sri Lanka
By J.T. Quigley
Sri Lanka’s latest hangman resigns after visiting the gallows.