Sri Lanka urged to halt death penalty plan
Posted on April 3rd, 2019

Courtesy Miami Herald COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

Amnesty International urged Sri Lanka Wednesday to halt plans to resume executions after more than four decades, saying capital punishment will not end drug-related crimes.

The statement by the rights group came two days after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena announced that dates have been set for the country’s first executions in 43 years amid rising alarm over drug-related crimes.

Authorities have intensified a crackdown on narcotics to deter smugglers from using the Indian Ocean island nation as a transit point for distribution in the region.

Biraj Patnaik, South Asia director of Amnesty International, said there is no perfect criminal justice system and the risk of executing an innocent person can never be eliminated.

2 Responses to “Sri Lanka urged to halt death penalty plan”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Where was AI when tens of thousands of youths (mostly Buddhists) addicted to narcotics and ruined their lives and lives of their loved ones?

    Singapore, Japan, USA, etc. carryout the death penalty. Their justice system is also not perfect. But still they do.

    Sri Lanka must carryout the death penalty and it is not the business of human rights groups to dictate terms to the nation.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    This is Sirisena’s Miliband moment. In 2006 British foreign secretary Miliband along with his French and Norwegian counterparts tried to dictate terms to Sri Lanka to stop the war on Tamil terrorists. However, Mahinda refused. As a result the nation enjoys peace.

    All those who possess more than 2g of banned narcotics commit a crime punishable by death. That is the law.

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