Al-Dameer condemns the continued issuance of death death sentences against citizens in the Gaza Strip

First death sentence in 2021

Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights condemns the continued issuance of death death sentences against citizens in the Gaza Strip and calls for alternative penalties

Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights is deeply concerned about the continuing issuance of death sentences against Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip by different types of Palestinian courts, regular or military, and the excution of the sentences more than once over the past years.

On Monday, January 4, 2021, the Court of First Instance in North Gaza sentenced the 32 year old Fadi Nabil Al-Najjar from Jabalia camp to death by hanging after he was convicted of killing his aunt in his father’s house in Jabalia camp on December 12, 2015. This penalty is the first of its kind in 2021 in the Gaza Strip.

The association has spotted a significant increase in issuing death sentences, despite the fact that in June of 2018, Palestine deposited it instrument of accession to the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1989, which means that Palestine is internationally committed to abolishing this punishment, and using it is a violation of Palestine’s international obligations.

Al-Dameer assures that these sentences indicate the continuing issuance of death sentences in the Palestinian territories, and it re-announces its rejection for the death penality and that its rejective attitude stems from its belief that this penalty is a clear violation of the right to life. This situation calls on everyone to unite their efforts in order to abolish this penalty in Palestine. In addition to the fact that in order for the penalty to be abolished, the international community designated the optional protocol of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966 by obliging the signatory countries to take all necessary measures to abolish the penalty, and apply it in exceptional circumstances only.

Al-Dameer affirms that abolishing the death penalty does not mean tolerance for those who are convicted of serious crimes or impunity, but this rejection stems from its belief that death penalty is useless, and does not in any way stop crimes from being commettied, so Al-Dameer:

* Considers  death penalty a violation to the right to life, which is an essential and inherent right that cannot be derogated even in emergency, and it is a non-deterrent punishment compared to other penalties.

* Calls on the official Palestinian authorities to comply with the international obligations stipulated in the international human rights conventions which Palestine joined, especially the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1989.

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