Human rights and Democracy Media Center “SHAMS” organized a sit-in on the occasion of World Day against the Death Penalty which marks the Tenth of October of each year. Representatives of human rights organizations, civil society organizations, young activists, academics and university students participated in the sit-in.
Participants called the Palestinian National Authority for the abolition of the capital punishment in the existing legislation in the Palestinian territories. Besides, the alignment of Palestinian legislation with international treaties, given that Palestine has deposited its instrument of accession to the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Rights, regarding the abolition of death penalty of 1898. Participants were gathered under the banners & slogans expressing their refusal to the capital punishment and requests to abolish it.
In a statement issued by “SHAMS”, the Center put emphasis on the significance to establish a strong and active movement, supportive to the human rights and combating death penalty, comprising human rights activists, writers, religious leaders, politicians, artists, Jurists, judges, lawyers & Bar Association, media figures, human rights organizations, PLC members, political parties, and government people.
In turn, the center highly valued the historic position of the president Abu Mazen, for not ratifying any death sentence since he was elected as the Palestinian president in 2005 up to this moment, despite the fact that Palestinian courts has inflicted death sentences in the previous period. This position is fully consistent with the resolutions of the UN General Assembly calling on states to abolish the capital punishment, and with calls by Palestinian human rights organizations for the president not to ratify any death sentences issued by Palestinian courts.