Motiur Rahman Nizami execution won’t deliver justice: Amnesty International

11 May, 2016 11:31 pm

HONG KONG – The execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami is a deplorable move by the Bangladeshi authorities which will not deliver justice to the victims of war crimes, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Motiur Rahman Nizami, the current chief of Bangladeshi political party Jamaat-e-Islami, was hanged at Dhaka Central Jail.

“We are dismayed that Bangladeshi authorities have executed Motiur Rahman Nizami. The victims of the horrific events of the 1971 Liberation War are entitled to justice, but taking another life is not the answer,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director of the South Asia Regional Office.

“The death penalty is always a human rights violation, but its use is even more troubling when the execution follows a flawed process. There are serious questions about the fairness of Motiur Rahman Nizami’s trial – and of proceedings before the ICT more generally – that have not been addressed. Victims of past atrocities deserve better than a flawed process.”

The Amnesty International director said: “The victims of the horrific events of 1971 are entitled to justice, but taking another life is not the answer. We urge the Bangladeshi authorities to join most of the world by turning its back on this cruel and irreversible punishment, and impose a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty with a view to its eventual repeal.”

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