Thursday, 27 August 2009

Thailand: Civil libertarians condemn executions

Statement by the Thailand Union for Civil Liberty, 25 August 2009

Statement by UCL
It is wrong that Thailand has executed two men on 24th August 2009:

It ignores the majority vote of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2007 and again in December 2008 in favour of a universal moratorium on the death penalty.

It flouts the greater certainty expressed world wide that the death penalty is a transgression of the most basic of all human rights, the right to life.

It goes against the interpretation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights expressed to representatives of the Royal Thai government by the UN Human Rights Committee, on 28th July 2003, that drug offenses did not constitute a crime subject to Capital Punishment within the terms of the Covenant which it has ratified.

The execution of the two with a mere one hour notice is a flagrant transgression of the procedures established by the UN for the enactment of Capital Punishment.

It is a useless measure of no greater consequence than other punishment in the fight against drugs.

It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, with no place in a civilised state.

It is counter to the Buddhist belief in the sanctity of life.

Danthong Breen
Union for Civil Liberty, Thailand

Related stories:
Thailand: Executions a backward step -- 27 August 2009
Thailand: Drug dealers put to death -- 26 August 2009

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