Sunday, 11 March 2007

Halt the Death Sentences of Four Iraqi Women

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Halt the Death Sentences of Four Iraqi Women

Samar Sa'ad 'Abdullah, Wassan Talib, Zeynab Fadhil, and Liqa' Qamar have been sentenced to death, and Samar Sa'ad 'Abdullah is in imminent danger of execution. The president has the power to pardon them, or commute their sentences.

The interim government of Iraq reinstated the death penalty in August 2004 for several offences, including offences against Iraq’s internal security, premeditated murder, drug trafficking, and (in certain circumstances) kidnapping. The first three executions were carried out on 1 September 2005, and during 2006 at least 65 men and women were executed. Amnesty International recognizes the right of governments to ensure that anyone suspected of involvement in criminal acts is brought to justice. However, the death penalty has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishments. It is irreversible, but can be inflicted on the innocent.

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