UN experts call for abolition of death penalty in India

The experts also welcomed the decision to reduce the number of crimes subject to death penalty by China.

By: PTI | United Nations | Published:September 12, 2015 10:58 am
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UN human rights experts have welcomed recommendations made by India’s Law Commission to abolish death penalty with the exception of terror offences and called on Indian authorities to move towards the complete abolition of capital punishment.

“The conclusions and recommendations of the Indian Law Commission represent an important voice in favour of the abolition of the death penalty in India,” Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns said.

“I encourage the Indian authorities to implement these recommendations and to move towards the complete abolition of the death penalty for all offences,” he added.

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The Indian Law Commission issued its report on August 31, concluding that the death penalty does not serve as a deterrent and recommended its abolition for all crimes, except terrorism-related offences and waging war.

The Commission had been tasked by the Supreme Court to study the issue of the death penalty in India.

In its report, the Indian Law Commission recognised that, while on death row, the prisoner “suffers from extreme agony, anxiety and debilitating fear arising out of an imminent yet uncertain execution,” and that “the death row phenomenon is compounded by the degrading and oppressive effects of conditions of imprisonment imposed on the convict, including solitary confinement”.

The recommendation by the 9-member panel was, however, not unanimous, with one full-time member and two government representatives dissenting and supporting retention of capital punishment.

Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez said the Indian authorities should review the findings very carefully and ratify the law.

The experts also welcomed the decision to reduce the number of crimes subject to death penalty by China.

China amended several provisions of its Criminal Law, replacing death penalty with life imprisonment for several offences, including smuggling of weapons, ammunition, nuclear materials and counterfeit currency; obstruction of duty of police; and creating rumours during wartime.

“By adopting these amendments to its criminal code, China has made progress in the right direction; this needs to be encouraged,” the UN experts noted.

“These new developments in India and China are in line with the general trend towards the abolition of the death penalty at a global level, even if there are isolated moves in the opposite direction,” Heyns said.

Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme.

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    BharatK
    Sep 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm
    These rascals should lecture USA to abolish death penalty. They will be put in gallows.
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      Manoj Kumar
      Sep 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm
      Abolition of death penalty is a very important step forward for Indua. India is land of Mahatma Buddha and Mahatma hi and we should have gone for it earlier. It's a natural next step in our evolution to better human beings. I hail it and welcome it.
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        Mahender Goriganti
        Sep 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm
        UN first should ask US to that first as it is the third largest death penalty country in the world after China, Saudi Arabia & Iran and ahead of all European countries and even stan. Look at the club. India is out of the radar of 50 countries studied.
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          Sanjay K.
          Sep 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm
          Who are these UN experts, and what is their education and intellectual achievement? Why are citizens of the world paying the high ries, medical care and pensions of these useless people to sit around and pontificate?
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            Tetris Karo
            Sep 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm
            UN itself is useless. UN not able to stop aggression on Iraq, Libya or Syria. So many are killed and killing going on. UN is a puppet
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              Indian
              Sep 12, 2015 at 12:49 pm
              Let UN call for Pa-kistan to push in TERR-ORIST into India first and then use all the forces the world over to WIPE out ISIS and other IS-LAMIC Terr-orist before calling for ending death penalty in India. ......................... ELSE ............ please take away all INDIANS awarded death penalty and keep them where ever the UN wishes to keep them.
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                Zabin Zsur
                Sep 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm
                If the UN experts include a hot babe, I wouldn't mind shagging her. All others can suck the pipe of the beggar that lives below my house.
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