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BANGLADESH. COUNTRY CRITICISED FOR "CHILD" DEATH SENTENCE

October 19, 2005: the international children's charity Save the Children, criticized the case of Sukur Ali a man sentenced to death for crimes he committed when he was 14 years old. Ali, now 20, was awaiting execution for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl after Bangladesh's Supreme Court upheld his sentence in May 2005.
Ali was arrested when he was aged 14, allegedly confessing the crimes to police and sentenced to death in July 2001. Save the Children expressed "serious concern" at the sentence which it said contravened national and international law.
"We are seriously concerned as the case was a basic failure up to the highest tier of the judiciary," Shohana Shabnam, program manager of Save the Children, Bangladesh, said.
Ali's trial in an adult rather than a juvenile court was a "gross violation" of the country's Children Act 1974, she said.
Imposing the death sentence for a crime committed by a person under the age of 18 also contravened the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child, she said.
Bangladesh was among the first countries to ratify the convention in 1989.
Legal experts and local human right groups have also expressed concern at the sentence.
"If this execution is carried out, it will be a gross violation of human rights," said Shahdeen Malik, head of law at Brac University in Dhaka.
"There is no such precedent even in Bangladesh," he added. (Sources: Agence France Presse, 19/10/2005)

INDIA. PAKISTANI SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR INDIA FORT ATTACK
BANGLADESH. 6 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF CO-VILLAGER
SAUDI ARABIA. 14-YEAR-OLD BOY FACES EXECUTION
BANGLADESH. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF WIFE
MISSOURI, USA. MARLIN GRAY PUT TO DEATH
AUSTRALIA. POLICE DEFEND TIP-OFF THAT LEFT 'BALI NINE' FACING EXECUTION
GHANA. A-G WANTS DEATH PENALTY ABOLISHED
RUSSIA. LIFE IMPRISONMENT MAY BE WORSE THAN DEATH - CHURCH OFFICIAL
OHIO, USA. OHIO EXECUTES WILLIAMS, CONVICTED OF KILLING DRUG DEALING RIVALS
AUSTRALIA. CANBERRA STEPS UP LAST-MINUTE APPEALS TO SINGAPORE OVER NATIONAL ON DEATH ROW
CALIFORNIA. EXECUTION ORDERED FOR CRIPS COFOUNDER
AUSTRALIA. NO HOPE FOR AUSTRALIAN FACING EXECUTION IN SINGAPORE: PM
IRAQ. FOURTEEN CONDEMNED INMATES ON DEATH ROW, PRIME MINISTER
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. DEATH SENTENCE IS COMMUTED
SRI LANKA. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 4.6 GRAMS OF HEROIN
TEXAS, USA. LUIS RAMIREZ EXECUTED FOR 1998 MURDER PLOT
INDIA. KALAM'S MOVE BOOSTS CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
UNITED STATES. US DEATH PENALTY 'WOEFULLY SHORT OF JUSTICE', DEATH PENALTY INFORMATION CENTER
HOC. “DEATH PENALTY FOR SADDAM WOULD BE A RETURN TO THE PAST”
NEW YORK. PRESENTATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY WORLDWIDE 2005 REPORT
THAILAND. ITALIAN COULD FACE ON DRUG CHARGES
TENNESSEE, USA. SUPREME COURT REJECTS CLAIM ON LETHAL SHOT
UNITED STATES. BUSH URGES LIBYA TO FREE CONDEMNED BULGARIAN NURSES
LIBYA. TRIPOLI REJECTS US DEMAND TO FREE BULGARIAN NURSES
IRAN. WOMAN SENTENCED TO EXECUTION
IRAN. WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY STONING
JAPAN. TRIO CONVICTED OF MURDERING FOUR SENT TO GALLOWS
KYRGYZSTAN. PRESIDENT CALLS FOR ABOLITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
CHINA. 8 GUN SMUGGLERS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN QINGHAI
EUROPEAN UNION. EU SAYS IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD DETERIORATING

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