The Accountability Watch Committee (AWC) has released a press statement on September 30 and objected the commitment shown by the Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa to initiate on putting the provision of death penalty by amending the law while meeting with some Women leaders on September 28. The committee said that its serious attention has been drawn on this issue.
“Advocating for death penalty is having faith on violence and advocating for violence is never accepted by human rights norms and principle. The provision of death penalty will contradict the universal declaration of human rights by violating the people’s right to life. At least 170 countries including Nepal has ended or postponed death penalty and AWC finds it objectionable that Home minister initiating and committing to put death sentence as a provision by amending the prevailing law”, the statement says.
The statement further states that the death penalty is not only the option to stop criminal activities, instead being honest on finding the guilt and penalizing them are a proper address of the problem. It also says that it is the state’s responsibility to bring the guilty into the legal boundary without being biased.