HRC recommends President to abolish Capital Punishment


The Human Rights Commission (HRC) today said that it had recommend President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the death penalty in Sri Lanka in keeping with the country’s commitment to a more humane society consonant with the human rights principles and values.

“The Human Rights Commission wishes to bring to Your Excellency’s and the Government’s attention to the recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, which is imperative for Sri Lanka in recognition of the growing global recognition that the death penalty seriously violates several human rights including the right to life and freedom from cruel and inhuman punishment,” the Commission said.

The letter said the death penalty was an extreme, irreversible punishment and is ineffective as a deterrent to crime.

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