Posted by: Singh Is King | Saturday, August 4, 2007

IHRO opposes death sentence to Beant killers

ihro.jpg Ludhiana: The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today expressed its opposition to the awarding of death  penalty by a Chandigarh court to Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh in the Beant Singh murder case as every execution violates the fundamental human right to life.

IHRO chairperson D S Gill, general secretary M S Grewal, legal coordinator Sukhdev Singh Ramgarh Sibian and public relations secretary Inderjit Kaur, said in a statement here on Wednesday “It is a grave violation of fundamental rights (Article 21) enshrined in the Constitution and Articles 6 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the UN Covenant to which India is a party.”
While urging the Government of India to take immediate steps to abolish the death penalty, in furtherance of UN objective of ultimate abolition of capital punishment, the IHRO advocates added that death penalty is being used to silence the political resistance or to eliminate the opponents.

And for this purpose, they said, laws such as TADA are used where fair trial is not at all possible. Moreover, in this case, the so-called accused, including Dilawar Singh, the human bomb, had nothing personal against the assassinated Beant Singh except to avenge the killings of Sikh youth in faked encounters and other atrocities let loose in Punjab at his instance as chief minister.

The entire Sikh community, including its Jathedar, Akal Takht and the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC), is watching the Government of India’s tactics of sending persons like Satwant Singh, Kehar Singh, Harjinder Singh Jinda, Sukhdev Singh Sukha and now Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh to the gallows and giving ministe­rial berths to conspirators and murderers of thousands of Sikhs, they added.

When Governments become insane, countries do develop a tendency of breaking up. Here is the precise moment when the persons at the helm of affairs need to put a complete stop to the process of motivated madness against the Sikhs, they empathetically concluded.

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