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We Will See The Death Of The Death Penalty

By Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera - Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Despite its widespread use, for millennia the death penalty has caused lingering societal discomfort and unease. Fairly early on in history many enlightened leaders have found the the death penalty degrading of human dignity. For example, in ancient Sri Lanka a number of kings – influenced by the Buddha’s teaching – abolished the death penalty. In fact, for much of the the first, third, fourth and thirteenth centuries the death penalty was not employed in Sri Lanka.

This may help explain why for nearly a century there has been a consensus among the legislative leadership of my country that the death penalty ought to be abolished. This consensus was based both on moral grounds and on the ineffectiveness of the death penalty as a deterrent. As far back as 1928 the Ceylon Legislative Assembly voted 19 to seven in favour of a resolution on abolishing the death penalty, which was moved by D.S. Senanayake, who became the first Prime Minister of Ceylon and founder of the United National Party – one of Sri Lanka’s two main political parties. In the end, abolition was only thwarted by the high-handedness of the colonial authorities of the time.

In 1956, a few years after Independence, my father, then the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, proposed a bill ending capital punishment which was supported by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, the Prime Minister and founder of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party – our island’s other main political party. The bill passed but tragically the death penalty was resumed a few years later as result of Mr. Bandaranaike’s assassination until a de facto moratorium was instituted in 1976.

I daresay that even today the vast majority of my colleagues in Parliament find the death penalty morally repugnant and are aware of its inefficaciousness. However, as they fear the knee-jerk reaction of uninformed public opinion they have proved unwilling to take the courageous step the Government took in 1956. I believe that this fear is true not only of legislators and jurors in Sri Lanka, but of other Asian states where the death penalty is yet to be abolished.

Therefore, the common challenge facing us today is persuading our respective people and perhaps even more importantly having the collective courage to lead by acting.

However, changing public opinion is a time consuming and resource intensive process. And the evidence points out that, despite persistent advocacy, public opinion on the subject of the death penalty is relatively static in many countries. Therefore, overcoming this key challenge requires an act of political courage. Studies have shown that when people are asked to sit in mock judgement, rather than simply answer survey questions, no more than 30 percent of people support the death penalty, even in the the most serious of cases. In France, although public opinion was overwhelmingly in favour of the death penalty in 1981, its abolition decided by the then President of France led to a change of public opinion. It is clear that the debate resulting from the process of abolishing the death penalty and the lack of change in crime rates after the death penalty has been abolished allays the public’s fears. As a result there have been very, very few cases of reversal once the death penalty is abolished.

Momentum is slowly building in Asia, where more executions take place than the rest of the world combined. In South-East Asia the number of executions has declined significantly, in South Asia there have been both short and long de facto moratoria. In 2007, twenty four Asian states voted against the UN Resolution on a Death Penalty Moratorium, in 2014 that number had declined to 18. There is further good news: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice, who will also be addressing a session at this Conference, has informed Parliament that Sri Lanka will return to its traditional position of voting in favour of this resolution as it did in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and, more importantly, continuing the four decades long de facto moratorium.

Allow me to conclude by saying that abolishing the death penalty requires persuasion and resolve but above all it requires leadership – the collective leadership of legislators, activists, editors, academics and jurors. As momentum towards critical mass develops, I am confident that the coming years will see the death of the death penalty in our region.

Speeches made by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Mahanama Samaraweera on the Abolition of the Death Penalty. 

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike

SUSPENSION OF CAPITAL
PUNISHMENT BILL
Order for Second Reading read. 4.42 p.m.
The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike:

Next step.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

No, we have no such ideas. You have.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

Going to London to see the Queen.

Mr. Suntharalingam : We have seen the Queen before. It will not be the first time and certainly not the last.
The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :
She will not like to see you again.
The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :
Are you for this Bill or against it?

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

Why do you want to save yourself from death like that ?

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

None of your people will join.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

He said cherchez la femme.

6.8 p.m.
The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

Mr. Speaker, just a few words; I do not wish to be tempted to indulge in a rather widespread speculation which a subject of this sort quite naturally invites. I have only a few comments to make on the Bill itself. I must take this opportunity to congratulate the hon. Parliamentary Secretary on the great care with which he had prepared his facts and the ability with which he delivered his speech in moving the Second Reading of this Bill. I also congratulate my hon. Friends who have participated in this Debate and expressed views that are generally in favour of the Bill, though there have been one or two exceptions to that general support.

It will be remembered that on more than one occasion in the legislature of this country this subject had been discussed—discussed at very great length. The last occasion on which it was discussed was only a few months before the dissolution of the previous Parliament when, on a private Member’s Motion moved by the then hon. Member for Kandy (Mr. Fred de Silva), the House by a very convincing majority accepted the view that the death penalty for the offence of murder be abolished.

On a number of previous occasions, in the State Council and so on, this matter has been discussed. It is not necessary, therefore, to go into the merits of the case for or against the abolition of the death penalty for the offence of murder. The position really is that there is a definite, a very strong body of opinion in favour of the proposal, a very large majority of the Members of this House, and I think, also members of the public, who would like to see the death penalty abolished. As a matter of fact, the First Member for Colombo Central said so. I thank him for his approval of the method by which we have proceeded in this case. We felt it was easier not to abolish completely the death sentence at this stage, but to introduce a Bill suspending the operation of the death penalty for a period of three years.

The case for the suspension is, of course, obvious as stated by the hon. First Member for Colombo Central. There are perhaps a certain number of people in this country, responsible people, who view this step with some apprehension. They feel that the abolition of the death penalty would result in an increase of murders. I personally do not think that that will, in itself, have any particular effect upon the murder rate of this country in all the circumstances that exist here. However, it is a matter that we can only test out; we can watch and see what effect it has. We have given ourselves that power by a suspension of this penalty for three years. Why three years? For the reason that any period less than that would not give sufficient time for a reasonable test. It will not be possible, let us say, in one year or so to decide with any reasonable degree of certainty whether the suspension of this penalty has had an effect one way or the other. We felt that three years was not too long a period nor too short a period for the purpose of this suspension. That is why the period of three years has been fixed.

With regard to a request made by some hon. Members—I think the hon. Member for Wellawatta-Galkissa— that the death penalty for a different class of offence, not only for offences against persons, but also for offences against the State, such as treason should also be removed, I regret to say that we are not in a position at any rate at this stage to combine these two offences, which fall into entirely different categories, for the purpose of the abolition of the death sentence. Offences against the State such as treason, waging war against the State, literally or even in a metaphorical sense, such as that contemplated by my hon. Friend the Member for Vavuniya—I cannot believe that he intends it in a literal way—are not offences that we can bring into the same category as an offence against a person. Therefore, I very much regret to say that we are not in a position, in the case of an offence of that sort, to consider, in connection with this Bill, here and now, the abolition of that possible penalty for that possible class of offence.

Now I do not wish to comment really on the speeches of my hon. Friends. Those speeches have been generally in favour of this proposal. My good old Friend, the Member for Vavuniya, got mixed up with the karmic theory, mispronounced French sayings, and so on. Well, anyhow, I can see that generally, by and large, he is not opposed to this Bill. What the karmic theory has got to do with this matter I really do not quite see clearly.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

No, but certainly the connected theory of rebirth may have something to do with it. How that theory will operate in my hon. Friend’s case I just cannot think. Then there is the advice of Sri Krishna to Arjuna in the Mahabaratha. We always like to listen to my good Friend, the Member for Vavuniya; whether it be on economics, agriculture, finance, philosophy or whatever else it is, he is always, undoubtedly, very interesting.

I am very much obliged to my hon. Friends for their general approval of this Bill. I certainly think it is worthwhile making the experiment. I can assure my hon. Friends that this has no particular reference to the Buddha Jayanthi. Certainly not; nor has this three-year period been fixed with any particular reference to that celebration. It has been fixed on its own merits. We certainly felt that in introducing this measure we were really following up the expression of views on all sides of this House on previous occasions. There is nothing new that is being introduced here for the first time. We are really giving effect to an expression of opinions by Members previously. I trust, therefore, that we will have the approval of the House for this Bill and that its working will justify the abolition of the death sentence after this period for which the operation of that particular penalty has been suspended.

I am only too well aware that there are many factors that go to the commission of an offence of murder— economic, temperamental and various other factors—and it is very difficult to divide them up. I think it will be generally admitted that the vast bulk of the murders in this country have been committed on the spur of the moment, on impulse. I think that is a general statement that is correct. Very few are these cold-blooded, well-thought out plots that have resulted in murder, except, on his own admission of the Member for Vavuniya, in the North.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike i

Well, Sir, a much better lawyer with a much clearer mind says “No,”; and I am prepared to accept the view of the hon. Member for Jaffna.
But may I say this? That whatever may be the reflection on actual murders, one solitary result will take place. I do not know whether it has been mentioned yet. But it is a fact that just as very often in our country—-

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

It was mentioned and I repeat it. Very often our juries are reluctant to convict in cases of murder, even when the evidence is clear for conviction, through the reluctance of sending a man to his death. And therefore even if there is some effect—I do not believe there will be—of encouraging murders by the suspension of this sentence, it will be far more counterbalanced by the other deterrent, namely, of finding a greater proportion of convictions. There is also this ingredient to be borne in mind—I was not here; I am sorry I was rather busy when the Parliamentary Secretary introduced the Second Reading of the Bill—detection of murder is still rather rudimentary in this country; particularly in recent years murder by shooting has become somewhat fashionable. For instance, some villager for one of those reasons such as “ searching the plum ” or “ searching the lady ” given by my hon. Friend the Member for Vavuniya—or it may be an economic reason—has an enemy and he wants to get rid of him. So he hires a man —I think the price has now gone down—to murder that enemy. That man sees the villager sleeping in a little hut or out in the open verandah; he surveys the position, takes a gun, shoots the man and goes home.

I asked for figures recently of murders by shooting—the number has gone up suddenly—of the number of cases in which the accused were actually charged, and proprotion of cases actually brought up where acquittals took place—and the figures are most alarming.

I do not wish to create any palpitation in the bosom of my hon. Friend the Member for Kalmunai (Gate- Mudaliyar Kariapper) because I am sure, the urbane man that he is, he runs no risks in his own constituency. You see, Sir, the police have no proper methods of detection, and particularly where the poor people are concerned—unless some important person is concerned—they do not take sufficient trouble over detection, particularly in cases of murder by shooting which are now becoming alarmingly common, I am sorry to say, at least in certain parts of this country. So that the question of police detection is also valuable in reducing the incidence of this type of crime. All those matters we will consider, and we will do our best to reduce murder apart from the provisions of this Bill and the question of sentence.

I commend this Bill to the House.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

We will get rid of the hon. Member for Vavuniya for you.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

Let us conclude the Debate and take a Division.
The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

I also do not wish to take much of the time of the House. We cannot agree to the inclusion of the proposed Amendment in this Bill. But the whole question which my hon. Friend the Member for Wellawatta-Galkissa has brought up in this Amendment will certainly receive our consideration because the time will come when even this Bill may have to be reconsidered.

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

Can I move with the consent of the House that we go on?

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike :

This would not take two minutes more

Mahanama Samaraweera

SUSPENSION OF CAPITAL
PUNISHMENT BILL

Order for Second Reading read. 4.42 p.m.

Mr. Samaraweera : I move,

“That the Bill be now read a Second time.”

On the eve of the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations I feel privileged indeed to sponsor this Bill. The effect of this Bill would be that during its continuance capital punishment shall not be imposed under section 296 of the Penal Code for the commission of murder and under Section 299 of the Penal Code for the abetment of suicide, and Sections 296 and 299 of the Penal Code shall have effect as if, for the word “death” occurring in each of these sections there were substituted the words “rigorous imprisonment for life”.

This Bill is intended to be put into operation for a period of three years * but it is also provided that if the Senate and the House so declare, this Bill shall continue in force for such further period as may be specified by resolution.

The suspension or the abolition of the death penalty is a subject that has agitated the minds of responsible people in Ceylon and elsewhere for the several decades. I would like to draw your attention, Mr. Speaker, to a resolution moved in the year 1928 by the Hon. Mr. D. S. Senanayake as he then was. He moved,

“That in the opinion of this Council.” that is the Legislative Council.—
“Capital punishment should be abolished in Ceylon and the necessary amendment in the law should be introduced at an early date. ”

There were several speakers who spoke for and against the resolution. The main objection to the resolution at that Debate was that the resolution in the form submitted by the Hon. Mr. D. S. Senanayake while asking for the abolition of capital punishment did not place before the House an alternative to capital punishment as would be sufficient to deter the commission of these offences. It was also argued by those who were against the Motion of the Hon. Mr. D. S. Senanayake that the abolition of the death penalty would be against the British interests. Therefore, on that ground also several speakers spoke against the Motion. In the course of the Debate the Hon. Mr. D. S. Senanayake had specially mentioned to the Members that he was not going against England in this matter and the resolution was only a recommendation which would be forwarded to the Secretary of State for the Colonies. This resolution was passed by 19 votes for and 7 against it, and it was duly forwarded to the Secretary of State for the Colonies ; but in view of the feeling at that time that it would operate against imperial interests, the resolution was not implemented.

*Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s Delivers the Opening Address at the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty

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    On the eve of the Buddha Jayanthi, you must resolve to put an end to the torture and the extra-legal killing of people by state forces. You must ensure that the miscreants are brought to justice. Ending capital punishment in a country where the state tortures, maims, rapes and kills through its agents is just an eyewash at pretending to be liberal. The fact is that torture still continues under the new government. It gets revealed only when someone foreign like the British Tamil whose torture became a concern of the UK government is the victim. There is a force in occupation in the North. There is constant fear of rape. Journalist still continue to be harassed. There are no steps yet taken to bring those responsible for the killing of the innocent during the JVP uprising and at Mullivaikal. Muma Singalam and his wife Mumath Singalam who nearly got killed for proclaiming ourselves to be Singalam during the 1958 riots ask Mr Samaraweera to desist from this sanctimonious hypocrisy and posturing and end torture and extra-legal killings in Sri Lanka. He must acknowledge that torture still continues and command responsibility in the President for the continuation of such forture.

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      Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs

      RE:We Will See The Death Of The Death Penalty

      “Despite its widespread use, for millennia the death penalty has caused lingering societal discomfort and unease. Fairly early on in history many enlightened leaders have found the the death penalty degrading of human dignity.”

      Yes, it is degrading. However, how are you going to punish the criminals?

      Incarcerate them until they die? No, because it is going to cost the society.

      Incarcerate them and put them t use, hard labor so that they will earn their own upkeep.

      By the way, when are you going ti the above for Mahinda Rajapaksa and his criminal cronies, who are still loose running around creating havoc?

      What about those who killed the journalists and many others by the white vans and by the fetish wishes of the Mahinda Rajapaksa brats, like killing ruggerite Thagudeen.

      Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs, you guys, the Yahapalanaya guys, are bunch of Wimps, yes Wimps.

      Wimps are weak, ineffectual, timid persons who timidity or cowardice and chicken out.

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        Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs

        RE:We Will See The Death Of The Death Penalty

        Are you people cheating the People, just like Mahinda Rajapaksa?

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        Amarasiri,

        “Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs, you guys, the Yahapalanaya guys, are bunch of Wimps, yes Wimps. “

        For your information and from what I learnt, Mangala is doing a fantastic job as Foreign Minister; clear in what he wishes to attain and going hell for leather in pursuit of it.

        It is he, who is bringing all the changes in attitude towards the Sri Lankan government.

        I don’t know the bloke from Adam, but all indications from responsible positions indicate he is about a million years ahead of G.L. Peiris, the former FM.

        Therefore suggest your insults are better directed towards several others who apparently are exactly what you say Mangala is.

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          JUstice & Fairplay

          //“Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs, you guys, the Yahapalanaya guys, are bunch of Wimps, yes Wimps. ”//

          //”For your information and from what I learnt, Mangala is doing a fantastic job as Foreign Minister; clear in what he wishes to attain and going hell for leather in pursuit of it. It is he, who is bringing all the changes in attitude towards the Sri Lankan government.”//

          You are correct. Mangala Samarawera is the good guy, one guy. Is that all Yahapalanaya have? He is surround by a bunch of bad guys from MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara.

          https://www.facebook.com/apearata/videos/995371747237293/

          MaRa and his criminal cronies are still roaming around. They have stolen billions, wasted billions and killed multitudes. The are still scot free.

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    Rubbish!

    Instead of paying for Alucosu, they are paying for White Van, Black Van, road accidents like Sooriachari, Northern army jeep accidents, Paramilitary kidnaps….. Lanakwe is a country which has officially listed of 65,000 missing. A country which has an enlightened history of Sinhabahu, Kassiyappa. From 1948 it has been thriving on looting, raping pogroms. It has very long and outstanding political murders. This might is only country which hanged a Buddiht monk for murder. It this country’s Janathipathy Mahata spoke while Tamils were suffering in Black July, if he starve Tamils, then the Sinhalese will be happy. A country accused of war crime, Genocide is claiming pride for not hanging?

    Lanakwe is not able to hang anybody by the political interference. Most of the murders are committed by paid for big hands. They do not allow their hit-men to be investigated in the courts and if investigated they resist the punishment applied fully. Tangalle rape and murder was not investigated even after Prince Cahrled asked for it. It is only a country of impunity, not a country of compassion. Pillaiyan said during the inquiry that he was hire to murder the new King. What they did was they quickly convicted another one was in the PTA detention and released him with name of New King pardoning the convicted. But Pillaiyan is still inside.

    May be, to fool the foreign Diplomats, the Iddiappam and Pol Sambol is out of stock, So Mangala taking a different subject this time. What crook this minister is?

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    What’s the fuss I ask ? We do such a fine job under the table.

    Must be to feel good after all the blood letting.

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    Mangala

    Please hang a few in the parliament before finding a closure for hanging.

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    Nice concept Mr. Samaraweera and beautifully stated. Sadly, yes the death penalty was brought back retroactively to hang Somarama. Was that justice or revenge?

    “Hang down your head Somarama, hang down your head and cry, hang down your head Somarama, poor boy you’r bound to die” variant from the song about Tom Dooley.

    Very noble thoughts you have Mr. Samaraweera.

    But your favorite nation and my adopted motherland, the USA hangs and fries people all the time. A lot of people have been executed wrongfully and that number is far more for the number of innocent Black people who were executed after false convictions.

    Even Keshap the new Indian american naturalized citizen Superstar diplomat in SL will have to defend the US use of the Death penalty. He is probably unable to talk about the black experience in US because Indians here tend to stick to their group and like Sri Lankans in America too are frozen in place with their own inherent biases. Indians and Lankans all tend to be pretty racists towards black people. US executes a lot of people and the Innocence Project is an important step forward. The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. It is thanks to science that this project is helping exonerate innocent convicts. Typically Black people get slammed in jail and are executed more often than whites.

    Here are some statistics from USA.
    For example, Total executed since 1976 (including 2016): 1436
    Executions in 2015: 28
    Executions in 2016: 14
    Executions in 2014: 35

    So it will be a hardsell albeit a noble one. I support your efforts on this. However, the fear is all the rape murderers and drug barons will not be deterred if they are not hung because they have money and can operate from behind bars like El Chapo did and not feel a pinch. So this is an iffy argument. On principle I am for it, but if someone harms someone I love and kills them, do I seek revenge or do I try to become a realy Buddhist and not seek revenge. I am glad you raised this topic.. Thank you. You should publicly tell the US to end the death penalty.

    Throughout history there have been many songs
    Written about the eternal triangle
    This next one tells the story of a Mr. Grayson,
    A beautiful woman, and a condemned man named Tom Dooley
    When the sun rises tomorrow, Tom Dooley must hang
    Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
    Hang down your head and cry
    Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
    Poor boy, you’re bound to die
    I met her on the mountain, there I took her life
    Met her on the mountain, stabbed her with my knife
    Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
    Hang down your head and cry (ah-uh-eye)
    Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
    Poor boy, you’re bound to die
    This time tomorrow reckon where I’ll be
    Hadn’t-a been for Grayson, I’d-a been in Tennessee (well now, boy)
    Hang down (your head) your head (Dooley) and cry
    Hang down…

    On a parting note, as a teacher who has had incredibly diverse group of students including LGBT students, I support equal rights but you should be aware, that IF conservative Republicans take office in Nov, the US Embassy will have to do an about face on LGBT and Pride month for example. They are Federal employees living on federal tax money from American people. So when they talk about “diversity” now they are talking diversity based on gender orientation and not about race. Just be warned, if Hillary loses, those official US Embassy promotion of Pride events will cease because Keshap etc wil have to bark to new orders. That is why an openly gay person like their recent deputy Ambassador/Charge D Mann would NEVER be allowed to take up a post in a Muslim nation or even pose for photos with Gay people in Saudi Arabia or other oil rich Arab nations or perhaps even in India and definitely not in Malaysia or Indonesia. So do not believe the bullshit of the Obama administration which says they fight for LGBT rights everywhere. They cannot and they do not. It is selective because they will get their asses kicked out of Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Iran etc if they do that. But it definitely a strong arm tactic of the Obama-Hillary camp.

    It is Sri Lanka’s laid back nature that welcomes everyone and we must accept everyone and we should never discriminate but in old societies where public display of affection is not common except for western returned or international school Colombo types, it is best not to be in your face with displays because it may boomerang. First thing to do is try to remove ugly Victorian era British laws governing Sodomy. The British brought those laws not Sri Lankans. Even Britain has now done away with those laws. Let everyone be happy.

    Take up the cause of getting rid of those Victorian laws first. But it must be accompanied with aggressive education of people on the dangers of HIV and AIDS because HIV rates apparently are increasing in SL via unprotected sex be it heterosexual via multiple partners and prostitutes and IV drug use and also with multiple unprotected anal sex between gay men. These are far more serious issues than the death penalty. Sadly, one of the first people to die in Sri Lanka of AIDS was a wonderful relative of mine. We did not realize that he was gay and we too back then out of ignorance chuckled at his persona. He became reckless and had frequented too many gay bars in England and picked up HIV from there. That was back when ignorance and pretending that gays do not exist in Sri Lanka was the norm. STOP that ignorance first.

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    Always BS.

    At the hype of the war,talked against Mahinda Rajapakse and the war. Now, He wants Mahinda rajapakse to be friends. that is how he became a Sri lankan patriot by supporting LTTE in order to get Mahinda Rajapakse.

    He found $ 18 billion that Mahinda Rajapakse was hiding, and went all over the world and send people to find it. Nothing came out.

    Death penalty is not implemented yet. ARe there any laws passed ? He says he stops it.

    Voters are dumb. Because of that, these people thrive.

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    Although Drug traffickers are eligible for death penalty in SL but being confined to death row indefinitely they carry on the their usual trade more effectively under the protection of the corrupt prison authorities China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore—are drug offenders known to be routinely executed. In India this is the option when second conviction for drug trafficking in quantities specified.
    State does not execute the offenders like the above category causing immense harm to the society even after the ‘conviction ‘but do not hesitate to carry on with extra judicial executions without the usual so called concern about the so called ‘Human Rights Violations.’ apparently there is a cessation of this activity recently and it remains to be seen how long it could last !

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    Actually Minister, it is a crime to kill these people though they did a heinous crimes. What a excellent idea of yours. I know you as a devoted multi religios guy, that your thoughts are sacred an unblemished. After that “Sudu Nelum” campaign way back in 90’s with many young guys around, you prove it to the world. With so much LGBT community in SL now[or increase it day by day] we can rehabilitate and brainwash these criminals and put them into action as LGBT force in SL to promote LGBT. I know your pure motto is to convert whole SriLanka to the world very first LGBT country. What a record! I think with the help of Don Juan and the Happy and Gay clan it is not a difficult task.And your name may written in gold letters in the history.

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    Bloody hypocrisy to fool the world. Openly No death penalty but behind close doors a killing field, civilians comprising young adults pulled out of their homes by military and been told will be released after inquiry and thereafter gone missing. People blind folded and shot by the Government forces at point blank range.
    During Rajapakse time people dragged into the white van and then their dead bodies found dumped elsewhere. All ordered by the Rajapakse gang.

    Another drama to protect the war criminals, murderers, drug traffickers. Don’t protect these people, the war criminals by taking away death penalty. They should die.

    God forsaken country where the state is hell bent to protect the criminals at the expense of innocent lives all because criminals rule the country.

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    Before we think a particular form of punishment, namely the death penalty, we must ask ourselves the basic question, why punish? The answer is two fold. Firstly to give the pain of mind and body for committing or ommitting a course of action (including attempts, aiding, abbeting etc.) and secondly to provide a lesson for others to demonstrating the consequences of the prohibited commission or ommission of action. Clearly in the case of the death penalty those who are put to death are no more there to recount the consequences of the action to let that be a lesson learned and hence it only serve as lesson for others to learn. In that sense, inflicting the death penalty is no penalty in reality for the offender because HE IS GONE.

    I don’t wish to be an advocate of a particular cause either retentionist or abolishonist. But I would like to bring some practical incidents. A former prisons official once publicly stated that in good old days there was an execution of the death sentence in Sri Lanka at least once a fortnight. In other words the number of people hanged in our prisons exceeded 26 per year. Did that prevent crime, even committing murder in the country? One may argue that the rate of commission of crime after the practical freeze of executions is more. Is that due to that change in factor alone? What about the swiftness in investigations to catch the culprit? What about the increase in availbility of pornographic material driving the youth mad to have a taste of the pleasure of the flesh and thereby commit rape, even of toddlers and commit murder to cover up? What about the effect of the 30 year war? Amidst a variation of so many factors it is difficult to conclude that the virtual freeze of the execution of death sentence alone is responsible for the increase of crime.

    A society must be practical. Supposimg we abolish the death penalty altogether. What is the alternative? One may say Life Sentence. Does that mean that the offender can be out of Prison in ten to fifteen years time? In other countries the judge prescribes that there shoud be no parole before a particular period for those sentenced to life imprisonment. In our country, the prisons are jam packed.

    There are so many things involved before we take a decision of any kind. Again if we adopt the rentionist policy are we goin to execute every person sentenced to death? If not what is the criteria for pardoning? Would not corrution creep in to the process as the stakes are high? In this country when there are hints that those in the bench too have pocketed a cool 15 Million what about others?

    Hence we have to weigh the pros and the cons carefully. I must say that one can even misunderstand that the Minister is trying to bring glory to his late father. But I don’t mind that after all if a son does that within limits that is what a dutiful son ought to do.

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      “”I must say that one can even misunderstand that the Minister is trying to bring glory to his late father. “”

      Image! Image -miracle of Asia.

      It’s all about a Lankan Bohemian out to impress the disenchanted
      european hoi polloi.

      Don’t worry there is no taboo for shooting over another’s shoulder or wielding a baseball bat.

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    Keeping citizens in detention for years without trial, is worse than any “death penalty”.
    The judiciary is not bothered.
    There was even a “Fearless Judge” who sentenced a young mother to life imprisonment for possession of 30mg of heroin.

    But, the minister does not seem bothered about this prevailing injustice, imposed only in Sri Lanka.
    Does he have a conscience and/or any sense of justice?

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    Instead unofficial premeditated deaths inside and outside of jails should die.

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