Capital Punishment – Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar
I protest the planned use of capital punishment in the cases of Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar.
Both men were convicted in connection with the killing of 148 men of the city of Dujail and with other reprisals against the civilian population of the city following a failed assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein in 1982.
While the harsh actions taken against the population of Dujail are to be condemned, they do not justify the use of capital punishment.
Moreover, the Iraqi government has an opportunity to promote in a tangible way peace in Iraq by exercising clemency.