Campaign for abolition of death penalty
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 17:55
Coimbatore: Political parties and human rights organisations, championing the cause of Eelam Tamils, will demand abolition of the death penalty and repealing death sentence against three assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a one-day conference here on November 6.

Being organised under banner of Peoples' Movement against Genocide in Sri Lanka, it will be attended among others by Tamil National Movement leader P Nedumaran, MDMK General Secertary, Vaiko, CPI National Secretary and MP, D Raja and Arputham Ammal, mother of Perarivalan, one of the three awarded death sentence.

Convenor of the movement's state unit, Gana Kurinji told reporters here that the focus is to carry the message the world over and to draw the attention of all concerned, for immediate action on the matter.

Besides demand for abolition of death sentence, the convention would seek Internatioinal intervention to demand justice against 'war crimes' and alleged crimes against humanity committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka, she said.

The conference also would demand ensuring immediate relief, rehabilitation and resolution for the suffering Tamils in camps in the Island Nation, he said.

This would be taken up as a national campaign, focussing on strengthening the movement against death penalty and promoting self determination of the struggling people in South Asia, he said.

"The convention is significant, particularly in the backdrop of the ongoing debate and litigations following the rejection of the mercy petitions filed by the assassins, Peravivalan, Santhan and Murugan," Kurinji said.


First Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 17:48

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