Do Not Execute Man with Mental Illness

Target: Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan

Goal: Halt the execution of a man deemed to have a mental disability.

A man diagnosed with a mental disability is still set to be executed by the nation of Pakistan. Convicted of killing a religious leader, Imdad Ali has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, a condition that should preclude him from being executed for his crime. However, authorities in Pakistan have rejected his appeal and plan to go forward with capital punishment. Sign the petition and demand that Ali’s death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment.

International human rights laws prohibit the execution of anyone who has been medically evaluated and deemed to have a mental handicap. Imdad Ali’s diagnosis came in 2012, about 10 years after his conviction, but it is still considered a condition that prevents his execution. He was diagnosed by the head of psychiatry at Nishtar Hospital, who wrote a medical report describing Ali’s condition as being “chronic and disabling,” adding that it impaired his decision-making abilities.

Accordingly, Ali appealed his sentence. The appeal was rejected on the basis of there being no evidence to corroborate Ali’s claims of mental disability; the medical report from the psychiatrist was not included in trial evidence. This raises additional human rights concerns. Such an extreme oversight suggests a violation of fair trial procedures.

International laws are clear–mentally disabled people cannot be executed, and everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Sign the petition to demand that Pakistan respect its human rights obligations by commuting Imdad Ali’s sentence to life imprisonment.


Your Excellency,

I am writing to urge you to commute Imdad Ali’s death sentence to one of life imprisonment. His execution would violate international human rights laws–laws Pakistan has agreed to in various treaties–and there are concerns about whether or not he received a fair trial.

Imdad Ali was convicted of killing a religious leader 15 yeas ago. Eleven years later, the Head of Psychiatry at Nishtar Hospital diagnosed Ali with paranoid schizophrenia, describing his condition as “chronic and disabling.” He asserted in a medical report that the illness impairs Ali’s judgment and decision-making abilities.

Ali attempted to appeal his sentence based on this new evaluation, but the appeal was rejected due to a lack of evidence; the medical report detailing his condition was never submitted into evidence. This extreme oversight raises questions about fair trial standards.

International law is clear–mentally disabled people cannot be executed. Imdad Ali’s sentence must be commuted to life imprisonment, and Pakistan must ensure that he and all other prisoners receive fair trials.


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