domenica 16 settembre 2012

GOOD NEWS: ADPAN NEWSLETTER NO. 3/2012 July July-August 2012.

Indian President defends record death row pardons India’s first female President Prathiba Patil has been criticised in the media for granting clemency to 35 death row inmates during her 5 year term. On 25 June, the office of President Patil issued a statement: “The President is discharging a constitutional obligation and not doling out generosity” and “she took well considered decisions”. Presidential spokesperson Archana Datta also said “By the exercise of the power of pardon, the President does not amend, modify or substitute the judicial decisions. On receiving clemency, the death sentence gets commuted to imprisonment for the remainder of their natural lives”. India has not executed anyone since 2004.
26/07/2012 Gulf Times, NY Daily News
After six years on death row, spared for being a juvenile
On 6 July, a court in Maharashtra passed an order declaring Ankush Maruti Shindeto have been a juvenile at the time of his alleged offence. Shinde has spent the last 9 years on death row. His counsel had failed to point out that he was less than 18 years of age in the Trial, High and Supreme Courts. Human Rights Advocate Vijay Hiremath took on Shinde’s case, and appealed based on school records stating Shinde’s date of birth. The maximum sentence for juveniles is three years imprisonment. Shinde is still imprisoned at Nagpur Central Prison.
20/08/2012 Times of India, The Hindu


PPP stops execution of death penalty in Sindh
On 25 July, Sindh Law and Prisons Minister Ayaz Soomro announced that there would be no executions in Sindh Province until the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) complete its term in March 2013. Soomro also stated that the Sindh province had suggested to President Asif Ali Zardari that the death penalty should be replaced with life imprisonment. This announcement followed a recent European Union visit to Islamabad by Jean Lambert calling for reform of the death penalty.
26/07/2012 The Tribune
Presidency considers commuting death sentence to life imprisonment
Former Federal Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burney has repeatedly petitioned President Zardarai to commute all death sentences to life imprisonment noting that a large number of prisoners were either innocent or had spent several decades on death row. Most recently in July, Burney issued a notice requesting that the Ministry of Law, the Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and the Chief Secretaries of all provinces give their view on the petitions and the possibility of commuting all death sentences. There are currently over 7500 prisoners on death row in Pakistan.
12/08/2012 Tribune, One Pakistan

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