End Government-Sanctioned Amputations in Sudan

Target: United Nations

Goal: To protest the practice of amputation as punishment in Sudan

Recently, a man had his right hand and left foot amputated as a government-sanctioned punishment for theft. The amputation was carried out by a group of Sudanese doctors who were ordered by the court to follow through with the prescribed punishment. This brutally antiquated practice stems from Islamic doctrine, which was implemented into Sudanese law in 1983.

Amputation as government-endorsed punishment is in violation of international law, which prohibits cruel and torturous punishments for crimes. Clearly, in this instance, the punishment does not fit the crime. To remove parts of an individual’s body as punishment for non-violent crimes (or even violent ones) is an unethical and barbaric practice. The fact that these amputations are government-sanctioned and being carried out by doctors who are supposed to protect and enhance the lives of their patients is all the more abhorrent.

Osman Hummaida, the executive director of the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, stated, “Amputations violate the absolute prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under international law and have no place in any criminal justice system.”

It is quite clear that this practice needs to be stopped. It flies in the face of all that is just. Surely justice is not being done when the punishment is worse than the crime. Sign below to encourage the United Nations to confront the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and let him know that this practice must be stopped.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United Nations,

Over the last several decades, Sudan has overtly encroached on international law by issuing government-sanctioned amputations as punishments for theft. Surely you are aware of this practice, but have yet to act. Amputation as a form of punishment is yet another example of religious fundamentalism finding its way into government and tainting it with ideals of outdated, cruel paradigms of rigid justice.

This practice is not even close to serving as justice; the punishment does not fit the crime. Please act now in order to strike down this inhuman practice and aid in reestablishing a more advantageous and fair form of justice in Sudan.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: United Nations

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