Target: Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
Goal: Prevent the execution of two Bangladeshi nationals and establish a moratorium on the death penalty.
Bangladeshi nationals Salam Julas and Suzan Badsha have become the first two prisoners to be sentenced to death in Bahrain in 2015. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel and degrading punishment and must be done away with. Sign the petition and urge authorities in Bahrain to commute the men’s sentences and establish a moratorium on the death penalty.
Julas and Badsha were charged with and convicted of the murder of a third Bangladeshi man, Taher Antez, who they killed after an argument about prostitution earnings. The two men confessed to the murder. While their actions are undoubtedly heinous and worthy of punishment, the death penalty is cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary.
In 2014, a record 117 of the United Nations’ 193 member countries voted to impose a moratorium on the death penalty. Bahrain abstained from the vote, but had in previous years voted against the measure. The last execution in the country was in 2010, although eleven people have been sentenced to death since 2011.
It is time for Bahrain to join the majority of the UN’s member states in condemning capital punishment. Sign the petition and urge Bahrain not to execute Salam Julas, Suzan Badsha, or any other prisoners.
I am writing to urge you to commute the sentences of Salam Julas and Suzan Badsha, Bangladeshi nationals who are the first prisoners to be sentenced to death in Bahrain this year. Although the men’s actions are undoubtedly despicable and well worthy of punishment, the death penalty constitutes the ultimate inhumane, degrading, and cruel punishment and must be done away with. I ask you, therefore, not to go through with the executions of Julas, Badsha, or any other death row prisoner, and to establish a moratorium on the death penalty in accordance with recommendations from international human rights organizations.
In 2014, 117 of the United Nations’ 193 member countries agreed to impose a moratorium on the death penalty. Bahrain, which abstained from the vote, was obviously not among them; however, this constitutes a small step forward from other years, in which Bahrain actively voted against the measure.
And Bahrain is already on the right track towards a moratorium on capital punishment–although eleven people have been sentenced to death since 2011, no executions have been carried out for five years. Why not make the moratorium official by commuting the eleven sentences and publicly rejecting capital punishment in the future?
I urge you to take a step forward for human rights. Establish a moratorium on the death penalty and more Bahrain forward into a brighter and more just future.
[Your Name Here]
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