Amnesty International Condemns Afzal Guru's Hanging

Global human rights group Amnesty International today said the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, convicted of conspiracy to attack Indian Parliament, indicates a "disturbing and regressive trend" towards executions shrouded in secrecy.

"We condemn the execution in the strongest possible terms. This very regrettably puts India in opposition to the global trend towards moving away from death penalty", said Shashikumar Velath, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India.

He alleged "serious questions have been raised about the fairness of Afzal Guru’s trial. He did not receive legal representation of his choice or a lawyer with adequate experience at the trial stage. These concerns were not addressed".

"Before Ajmal Kasab’s execution in November, Indian authorities used to make information about the rejection of mercy petitions and dates of execution available to the public prior to any executions. The new practice of carrying out executions in secret is highly disturbing.", he said.

Guru was sentenced to death in December 2002 after being convicted of conspiracy to attack the Parliament of India, waging war against India and murder in December 2001.

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3/D-79
Feb 10, 2013
01:21 PM

Nobody gives a rats ass about about global trends. We have the death penatly in our statute books and our people and parliament are supreme and not liberal morons infesting Amnesty International.

RSM, Delhi
2/D-37
Feb 10, 2013
09:24 AM

 >> "This is plain majority-appeasement." - Imran Ahmed Khan

While I disagree that this is majority appeasement, I do understand the pain you feel at this perceived 'majority appeasement'. As a majority born, and denied the benefits of mandal and madjid, I have lived your pain every other day for more than three decades.

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
1/D-9
Feb 10, 2013
01:52 AM

I wish Amnesty International understood the fact that Afzal's hanging has little to do with justice than satisfying the collective conscience of the majority.


Whichever party rules India, their goal is the majority vote and the damn majority votes for them when the minority is persecuted, pained, paled and prosecuted.

This is plain majority-appeasement.

Imran Ahmed Khan, Bangalore
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