Petition to the Governor Asa Hutchinson to stop the execution due this week
The rush to carry out executions in Arkansas, USA, continues apace with another one due tomorrow (Thursday 27th). This is a petition (see below) to send to the Governor asking him to stop. The panic to get the executions done is because the drugs being used are due to expire. Adds a new meaning to ‘sell by date’ we see on our foodstuffs.
The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights, as it violates the right to life. It is also a cruel and inhumane punishment that may constitute torture.
Amnesty always oppose the death penalty in every case because it violates rights. The idea of lethal injection as a ‘humane’ form of execution is simply a myth. There have been numerous cases of ‘botched’ executions by lethal injection in the US in recent years, with prisoners failing to die quickly or ‘quietly’. See our post on the process to be followed in California.
If you get time to send an urgent email that would be appreciated.