SL Human Rights Commission calls for abolition of death penalty

SL Human Rights Commission calls for abolition of death penalty

SL Human Rights Commission calls for abolition of death penalty

Written by Lahiru Fernando

04 Jan, 2016 | 9:48 pm

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has sent a written letter to the government recommending the abolition of the death penalty in Sri Lanka.

In its letter, the Human rights Commission has noted that the recommendations put forth was to ensure that national laws and administrative practices are in accordance with international human rights norms and standards. The HRC has also noted that as Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines the sanctity of human life by affirming that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

This, according to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, indicates that international obligations of Sri Lanka clearly discourages the death penalty.

The letter further recommends the death penalty be substituted with periods of imprisonment that befit the seriousness of each crime, and the commutation periods of imprisonment for such crimes also be done according to national policy that takes into consideration the serious impact of such crime on society.

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