We wake up to the sad news that Troy Davies who the whole world had been watching to see if he had been given a stay of execution or not waked up to the sad news he was killed over night.
Troy Davis, 42, who had been on death row since 1991, was executed by lethal injection at the Georgia state prison in Jackson on Wednesday, despite serious doubts surrounding his conviction.
On the same day, Iran publicly hanged a 17-year old boy convicted of killing a popular athlete despite international prohibitions against executing juveniles, while China executed a Pakistani national convicted of drug smuggling even though drug offences do not meet the threshold for “most serious” crimes in international law.
“This is a bleak day for human rights worldwide. By executing these individuals, these countries are moving away from the global trend to abolish the death penalty,” said Guadalupe Marengo, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Americas.
“Countries that retain the death penalty very often defend their position by claiming that their use of the death penalty is consistent with international human rights law. Their actions yesterday blatantly contradict these claims,” she said.
Amnesty International activists have campaigned extensively against the death penalty. In recent days, nearly one million signatures on Troy Davis’ behalf have been delivered to authorities in Georgia to urge them to commute his death sentence: vigils and events have been held in approximately 300 locations around the world.
Troy Davis was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of police officer Mark Allen Macphail in Savannah, Georgia. The case against him primarily rested on witness testimony.
Since his 1991 trial, seven of key nine witnesses recanted or changed their testimony, some alleging police coercion.
Iranian teenager Alireza Molla-Soltani was hanged Wednesday morning in front of a large crowd in the city of Karaj.
He was sentenced to death last month for stabbing Ruhollah Dadashi, a popular athlete during a driving dispute on 17 July. The 17-year old said he panicked and stabbed Ruhollah Dadashi in self-defence after the athlete attacked him in the dark, according to local media reports.
Zahid Husain Shah, who was arrested in 2008 for drug smuggling, was executed in China by lethal injection on Wednesday.
On the same day, Lawrence Brewer was also executed in Huntsville, Texas. He was sentenced to death for his role in the killing of James Byrd, Jr. in June 1998.
I wanted to voice my disgust at this kind of action still going on in the world today. wWhatever the crime i never feel that killing someone is justice. So many doubts lay over this treatment i do not believe a country that still uses the death penalty is a fit and civilised society and i include America in this group of countries sadly.
The fact that the wittness's had doubts and wre not sure should have been enoug hto stop this execution but no they went ahead anyway. I do not believe that killing someone is ever right whether the offender did or not an eye for a eye makes us just as bad as them in my view and i'm totally against this form of punishment.
If they are guilty i'd rather see the person jailed for the rest of their life rather than cutting short their life which they may yet be proven to be innocent. I just dont think its right in the 21st century to still be carrying out such acts of brutality .