Over 1000 executed every year for drugs: Report

Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 19:59

Vienna: More than 1,000 people face
execution worldwide every year for drug-related offences, the
human rights group IHRA on Sunday said in a report that called for
the practice to be abolished.

"Hundreds of people are executed for drug offences each
year around the world, a figure that very likely exceeds 1,000
when taking into account those countries that keep their death
penalty statistics secret," the International Harm Reduction
Association said in its Global Overview 2010 report.

Death penalties for drug offences -- mostly manufacturing
and trafficking -- are still in place in 32 mostly Asian and
Middle Eastern states, the IHRA found.

It cited China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Singapore
and Malaysia as the worst offenders.

In those six nations, it said, death sentences have been
routinely carried out in recent years, with 172 people
executed in Iran last year and at least 50 in Malaysia.

Other states seem to have an effective moratorium
although capital punishment remains on the books, the report
said, calling on those nations to take the extra step and
abolish the death penalty for drug offenders.

"IHRA is calling on an immediate moratorium on all
executions for drug offences, a commuting of all existing
death sentences for drug offences and an amendment of
legislation to remove the death penalty for all drug
offences," said Rick Lines, co-author of the report.

"Countries with the death penalty for drug offences are
not only violating human rights law, they are clinging to a
criminal justice model that is ineffective and unnecessary."

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PTI



First Published: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 19:59

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