End the Execution of Children in Yemen

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Target: President of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi

Goal: Urge President Hadi to end the execution of minors

In the past five years, the government of Yemen has sentenced 15 children to death. Although national legislation bans the execution of minors, the police and judges tend to ignore the law. It is also against international law to condemn under-aged offenders to death, but these shortsighted law enforcement officers see murder as murder – it does not matter whether a child or an adult commits it. Call on the president of Yemen to change this disastrous policy.

Many of the child offenders lack the ability to defend themselves, or provide a case for themselves. Even when they are able to, it is not uncommon for prosecutors to ignore the evidence provided. As Human Rights Watch reports, many children have described being beaten or tortured by policemen until they confess—sometimes falsely—to the crime they are being blamed for.

The leadership in the Yemen justice system seems far less concerned with actual justice and would rather operate under a dangerously rigid paradigm whose legal applications rely on a rather literal approach to “an eye for an eye.” According to Human Rights Watch, an interviewed judge commented, “Even if you are 10 years-old, the punishment for murder is death.”

Yemen’s justice system is defined by corruption, a resistance to progressive models of morality, and a disregard for human life. Clearly, the practice of condemning children to death needs to be stopped. It goes against both national and international law, and basic moral reasoning. Sign below to let the president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, know that this needs to be corrected.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Hadi,

Your judicial system is completely devoid of justice. Is this not a paradox? As long as your police continue to torture, as long as your judges continue to condemn children to death, you are a broken country.

You may not like to hear this, but a nation is quite faulty if it cannot take care of its most vulnerable citizens—children. This practice of executing under-aged youths goes against all international moral paradigms. If you hope to retain ties with the rest of the world, it would be wise to end this now. If a government had any necessary function, should that not be the application of justice?

Please listen to the pleas of your citizenry and exercise your leadership to end the execution of minors.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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