Target: King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of Jordan
Goal: Stop death penalty executions
Jordanian authorities put an end to an eight-year de facto moratorium on the death penalty after executing 11 Jordanian men by hanging for their crimes. With these executions, Jordan loses its reputation as a progressive voice against the death penalty in the region.
The last execution in the country took place in mid-2006. Since then, King Abdullah II held firmly to a stance against death penalty executions. In 2005, the king told an Italian newspaper that the country would adopt modifications to its Penal Code and “…could soon become the first country in the Middle East without capital punishment…”
Despite the absence of death penalty executions for over eight years, its been revealed that Jordanian lawmakers didn’t amend the country’s penal code, and judges were still granted the right to hand down execution sentences. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly urged countries to establish moratoriums on the use of the death penalty, to progressively restrict the controversial practice, and to reduce the offenses for which it might be levied.
Further, it looked as though Jordan was poised to set an unprecedented statement regarding cruel forms of punishment and death penalty executions. However, the recent executions by hanging prove that the country is quickly relapsing on its pioneering stance on human rights and capital punishment.
Sign the petition to urge Jordanian authorities to stop death penalty executions and abolish all forms of capital punishment.
Dear King Abdullah II of Jordan,
The recent hanging execution of 11 Jordanian men ends an eight-year de facto moratorium on the death penalty and has caused the country to regress on progressive stances regarding human rights.
Jordan was poised to become one of the first countries in its region to withdraw from capital punishment practices. However, this event is cause for concern as the United Nations advocates tirelessly for the eradication of death penalty executions and other forms of capital punishment.
I urge you to reconsider your once laudable stance against the death penalty and executions and to reestablish your moratorium on the use of the death penalty to continually restrict the practice and diminish the offenses for which the custom might be enforced.
[Your Name Here]
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