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SQ Chy, Mujahid executions

Trial not with intíl standards, say UN experts

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Trial not with intíl standards, say UN experts

United Nations human rights experts, on several occasions, urged Bangladesh government not to go ahead with the executions of the war crimes convicts, as the trials failed to meet international standards and due process in line with the relevant international covenant, spokesperson for the Office of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner (OHCHR) said yesterday.

Mentioning the recent executions of Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani also said that the OHCHR warned long ago that the government should not go ahead with the executions as doubts were raised about the fairness of the trials.
According to the press briefing notes issued by Spokesperson Shamdasani in Geneva, since its inception in 2010, the Tribunal has delivered 17 verdicts, of which 15 have resulted in the imposition of the death penalty against members of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladesh National Party.
“We have long warned that, given the doubts that have been raised about the fairness of trials conducted before the Tribunal, the Government of Bangladesh should not implement death penalty sentences,” said the notes.
 “Similar concerns were expressed by UN human rights experts who, on several occasions, called on the Government to halt the executions, as the trials did not meet international standards of fair trial and due process as stipulated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bangladesh is a party,” they said.
“The UN opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances, even for the most serious international crimes. We renew our call on the Government of Bangladesh to immediately institute a moratorium on the death penalty and abolish this inhuman practice altogether,” added the notes.

 

 

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