New Delhi: The issue of Death Penalty and executions has entered a critical phase in India. While the executions had been more or less on hold for the past two decades, the issue has more recently become a political one in India’s parliamentary politics. Two persons were executed in the last year and the government advice to the President to reject mercy has opened the gates for the execution of 23 more persons. The executions of seven are currently stayed in different courts; and one can be executed at any time. The Supreme Court has recently concluded hearing a matter of 15 of these convicts and the judgement is awaited.
This judgement is expected in January and it might open the doors for multiple executions. Such an outcome would vastly destroy the environment of “no execution” that has been built over the decades.
The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO), is in the process of organising an All India Convention Against Death Penalty on 1st February 2014 at Delhi. The day-long Convention will be held at the Auditorium of the Rajendra Bhawan, opposite Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi. The convention will be followed by a Rally. As a constituent member of the CDRO and as the local host, a good part of the responsibility is on the PUDR.
We appeal to all our friends and supporters for financial help for making arrangements for all the things required for the convention.
PUDR does not accept foreign funds and also individual contribution should not be more than Rs. 3000. You can contribute in cash or issue a cheque in the name of People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi and post it to the address given below:
D. Manjit and Asish Gupta
c/o Dr. Moushumi Basu
A6/1 Aditi Apartment
D Block, Janakpuri