- Ronald Ryan was hanged in 1967.
- Since then, the death penalty has been abolished in Australia.
- A total of 883 people were executed in 20 countries in 2022, the highest number since 2017.
“Just recently, in a desperate attempt to end a popular uprising, Iran executed people for simply exercising their right to protest,” she said.
Who was Ronald Ryan, the last Australian to be executed?
Mr Ryan was convicted of murder in 1966 and sentenced to death under Victoria’s Sentencing Mandate Act.
Ryan’s family were not allowed to see him while he was alive, nor were they allowed to visit his grave in prison. sauce: AAP / Supplied
The judge in charge of Mr Ryan’s hanging at Pentridge Prison, Sir John Stark, was against the death penalty and would have preferred a commutation, as was the norm at the time.
The incident sparked widespread community opposition to the death penalty, and eventually the death penalty was abolished in Victoria in 1975.
New South Wales was the last state or territory to abolish this practice in 1985.
How many people worldwide died by capital punishment in 2022?
Thousands more are believed to have been killed in China, according to the group, but no reliable data are available.
The number of recorded executions in Iran surged from 314 in 2021 to 576 in 2022, while 196 people died in Saudi Arabia, the highest number of executions in 30 years.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/who-was-the-last-australian-to-receive-the-death-penalty/egajjlu5e Amnest International’s death penalty report says executions are on the rise