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Campaign Against the Death Penalty in India – conference at Delhi on May 10

May 9, 2013 | By

New Delhi, India (May 10, 2013): It is learnt that various campaigners against the death penalty in India are going to hold a conference at Delhi on May 10, 2013. The conference shall be held at Speakers Hall, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Campaign Against the Death Penalty in India - conference at Delhi on May 10According to information the purpose of the conference is to provide a rational critique from eminent and distinguished speakers, both from the judiciary, those working within the Indian criminal justice system, NGO’s and human rights groups; how the death penalty as a means of punishment and deterrence is both dangerous and flawed as a penal objective in 2013.

“Given the disturbing recent trend of the death penalty being carried out arbitrarily this year in India, a national campaign against the death penalty comprising of distinguished jurists, senior lawyers, human rights groups, academics, NGOs and activists have converged to highlight the disappointing return to capital punishment. The secretive and barbaric nature of these executions has added to the alarm and concern” reads a statement by the organizers of the conference.

The conference will examine some of the following topics with eminent speakers including:

  • Justice A.K. Ganguli (Retd), Supreme Court, Juvenile Justice: the death penalty for juveniles accused of serious offences
  • Justice A. P. Shah (Retd.), Chief Justice Delhi High Court, A judges View of the use and abuse of the death penalty.
  • Colin Gonsalves, Senior Supreme Court Advocate and director of HRLN, Access to justice, flawed investigations, legal aid and the right to a fair trial where the death penalty is carried out.
  • Shashi Kumar Velath, Amnesty International, The“Lethal Lottery”, activism and mobilization.
  • Meagan Lee, Reprieve, India bucking the trend: The global move away from the death penalty and “Death-row Syndrome”,
  • Anup Surendranath, Professor National Law University Delhi, TADA – Emergency Legislation and the Death Penalty.
  • Navneet Bhullar, My struggle against the death penalty
  • Satnam Singh Bains, Barrister Chambers Lord Gifford QC, London, Miscarriages of justice

This conference has been organised by Human Rights Law Network in collaboration with Peoples Union for Civil Liberties, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Free Bhullar Campaign, Lokraj Sanganath, AISA, JNU Students’ Union, Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Anhad, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, , Indian Alliance for Child Rights, Lawyers for Human Rights International, Lawyers for Justice, People’s Watch, Sikh Human Rights Groups and other NGOs.

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