Sunday, March 10, 2013

Right's group condemns Afzal's hanging

New Delhi, February 13 The Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR), a coalition of 14 human rights organisations and independent experts, today denounced the execution of Afzal Guru on February 9 and demanded abolition of capital punishment by India.
The WGHR also condemned the indiscriminate and arbitrary use of state power for imposing capital punishment to Guru covertly, denying his family a last visit and refusing to hand over his body to his family. The group said death penalty embodied the idea of retribution which is as violent as the offence for which one is convicted, and is contrary to all civilised ideals of criminology and constitutionalism. During the second inter-governmental peer review of India's human rights (also known as the Universal Periodic Review) in May 2012, the UN Human Rights Council made 169 recommendations to the Government of India out of which 11 related to the abolition of death penalty and the adoption of an official moratorium on death penalty. None of these were accepted by India. "We are concerned against India aligning itself with the small minority of nations which favour death penalty. On November 21, 2012 a resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) on 'Moratorium on the use of the death penalty' by a record 110 votes but India voted against the motion," the coalition said in a statement. Courtesy :

Working Group of Human Rights (in India and the UN) Press Release 13th February 2013 - Capital Punishment not a deterrent : WGHR condemns the execution of Afzal Guru; Demands the abolishment of Death Penalty -

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