domenica 11 novembre 2012

India - Man faces imminent execution in India

Ajmal Kasab faces imminent execution for his involvement in the Mumbai attacks on 26 November 2008. His mercy petition is now with India’s President. If rejected, his may be the first execution in India since 2004.

In 2010, Ajmal Kasab (a Pakistani national currently aged 25) was convicted by a special court for his involvement in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, Maharashtra, where over 150 people were killed and over 250 were injured. He was found guilty on over 80 charges (including committing acts of terrorism and criminal conspiracy to commit murder) and sentenced to death. In 2011, the Bombay High Court upheld his sentence. On 29 August 2012, India’s Supreme Court also upheld his sentence, ending all legal appeals open to Ajmal Kasab. Following the Supreme Court judgment, Ajmal Kasab filed a mercy petition asking for his death sentence to be commuted.

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Object: Man faces imminent execution in India

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I call on you to commute Ajmal Kasab’s death sentence to terms of imprisonment.
I call on you to immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, as called for by UN General Assembly resolutions in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
I acknowledge the seriousness of Ajmal Kasab’s crimes and I express sympathy with the victims of his actions, but I raise concern that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights.
I point out that India’s decision to resume executions after an eight-year gap goes against regional and global trends towards abolition of the death penalty.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
Prime Minister of India
Dr. Manmohan Singh
South Block, Raisina Hill
New Delhi 110 001 India
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+91 11 23016857
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Salutation: Dear President
President of India
President Pranab Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhavan
New Delhi 110 004 India
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+91 11 23017824
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Minister of Home Affairs
Sushilkumar Shinde
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