Death penalty in­creases in Iraq

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional highly con­cerns about in­crease in the use of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Luther says that if the gov­ern­ment re­ally wants to pro­tect civil­ians from vi­o­lence, the Iraqi au­thor­i­ties must in­ves­ti­gate abuse and bring those re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice in a fair sys­tem, with­out re­course to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to records kept by hu­man rights ob­servers, in­clud­ing Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, al­most 500 peo­ple have been hanged since 2005. At least 50 peo­ple were ex­e­cuted dur­ing the first quar­ter of this year.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional re­ports, the Iraqi Min­istry of Jus­tice mis­lead­ingly stated that the death sen­tences of 23 pris­on­ers in Septem­ber and another 42 in Oc­to­ber had been re­viewed and con­firmed by the Court of Cas­sa­tion be­fore they were hanged.

"The au­thor­i­ties in Iraq must stop their re­liance on the death penalty, by im­me­di­ately declar­ing a mora­to­rium on ex­e­cu­tions as a first step and com­mut­ing all death sen­tences to prison terms," said Luther.

How­ever, the Iraqi au­thor­i­ties be­lieve those who have been ex­e­cuted are crim­i­nals and that the UN and other in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions have no right to in­ter­fere in Iraqi in­ter­nal af­fairs.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional fights the death penalty in all cases, with­out ex­cep­tion, as a vi­o­la­tion of the right to life.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional highly con­cerns about an in­crease in the use of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in Iraq.

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