Don’t Execute Paraplegic Prisoner

Gallows by Jaime Perez

Target: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain

Goal: Reverse execution of paraplegic man scheduled for Wednesday.

A 44-year-old paraplegic may be hung despite maintaining his innocence over the last seven years. He reportedly developed severe meningitis in an unsanitary prison, which led to him being confined to a chair. The man’s legal team says that he’s already suffered extensively throughout his seven years in prison and executing the paraplegic would be cruel and unusual punishment.

The Justice Project Pakistan stated that hanging this man violates country regulations since one of the requirements for capital punishment assumes the prisoner is able to walk to the gallows and stand on a scaffolding. Just since 2014, Pakistan has executed at least 200 people and has refused to halt its decisions to continue these excessive executions, despite public outrage.

This excessive eagerness to kill death row prisoners like the paraplegic man is cruel and it must end. Please urge the president to intervene and ensure this execution does not occur.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Mamnoon Hussain,

A man who became a paraplegic due to an illness while in an unsanitary prison may be hanged soon. This man endured plenty of excessive suffering during his time in prison where he clearly wasn’t given proper care, so to hang him for a crime he claims innocence about would be cruel and unusual punishment.

Choosing to execute a paraplegic may also go against Pakistan’s standards for execution. With that said, we urge you to reverse the decision to execute this man who can’t even walk to the gallows.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jaime Perez

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