Tuesday May 21, 2013
Thailand: Take Immediate Steps to Abolish Death Penalty: an Irrevocable, Inhuman, Cruel and Degrading PunishmentLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
According to the United Nations, approximately 150 countries have abolished the death penalty or introduced a moratorium, either in law or in practice.
(SALEM) - Ten years have passed since the first 'World Day Against the Death Penalty' and still the struggle for this most basic point continues in a world where many people are falsely convicted.
More than three years have passed since Thailand carried out an execution. Two convicted drug traffickers were put to death in August 2009, they died by lethal injection. Those government deaths three years ago were were the first in Thailand in six years.
In fact, Thailand voted against the first two United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) moratorium resolutions, yet chose to change its position on the third resolution in 2010 by abstaining.
In his letter below to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, our Human Rights Ambassador, William Nicholas Gomes, cites the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty which is strong and unmistakable. Two of Thailand’s fellow ASEAN Member States, Cambodia and the Philippines, have already abolished the death penalty. Burma and Laos have not used the practice in the last decade. According to the United Nations, approximately 150 countries have abolished the death penalty or introduced a moratorium, either in law or in practice.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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