PRESS RELEASE: New York (Nidhi Rao) – At a recent event sponsored by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon encouraged member nations to work towards ending capital punishment. Mr. Ban particularly focused on the risk of wrongful executions, on the rise, saying : We have a duty to prevent innocent people from paying the ultimate price for miscarriages of justice. The most sensible way is to end the death penalty” The event-”Moving away from the death penalty-Wrongful Convictions”, featured the film “West of Memphis”, a documentary about wrongful sentences. Since 2007, the UN General Assembly has passed four resolutions calling for a moratorium on executions and six countries have abolished the death penalty in that time, since Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Chairman of UPA, addressed the United Nations. About 150 UN member countries are now abolitionist by law or in practice.
In order for India to wear the crown of Compassion in the New World Order, Abolishing Death Penalty in 2014, is the key to preserve human Rights.
Indian Overseas Congress, executive after viewing the reports and thoughts of UN Secretary General, were encouraged to pass a resolution to request the President of India, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, UPA Chairman and AICC (I) President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, all members of Rajya Sabha, especially Dr. Karan Singh, members of Lok Sabha-Parliament of India, to present a bill in Winter session-December 2013 to “Abolish Death Penalty” in India. Supreme court of India, Chief Justice and sitting Judges should initiate an ‘Open Debate”, on Death penalty in India, in 2014.
IOC President Vikram Bajwa highlighted many issues of United Nations, which need immediate attention, especially for compassion of mankind, wrote in the United Nations visitors gallery of IOC endorsement to the call of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Secretary Sunil Malhotra emphasized the reasons to abolish, it’s archaic, costly, ineffective and most importantly, unjust. The first place to start with the death penalty may be philosophical. The purpose of our criminal justice system is to deter crime, rehabilitate convicts and incapacitate hardened criminals. Life imprisonment is certainly a deterrent, in fact it may be worse than death itself. Life in prison allows for a rehabilitation, whereas death is final. And with supermax prisons, escape is no longer a real possibility, so incapacitation is served equally well by both.
Germany is one of the many countries that has abolished the death penalty. Their reason: After the crimes of Nazism, the very idea of the state putting individuals to death is too much to countenance. Consider the justifiable outcry that would ensue if Germany reinstated the death penalty and Jewish inmates were far more likely to receive the death penalty for the same crime as a German inmate. Consider if, although Jews made up less than 15% of the German population, they made up a large portion of those executed. And consider if the chance of a Jewish prisoner getting the death penalty was far higher if there were no Jews on the jury. There would be widespread accusation of racial preference. And yet, without fail, this is the case with most Asian criminal justice system, including America.
A Study commissioned in USA, found ” Defendants who killed Majority race victims, were more likely to advance to a penalty trial and are more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed minority race” In 82% of the studies, race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty, i.e. those who murdered Majority race were found to be more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered minority race.
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