UK concerned at Mollah’s execution plan

Dhaka – The United Kingdom (UK) on Tuesday expressed concerns over imminent use of death penalty in Bangladesh and called again for Bangladesh to implement a moratorium on the death penalty leading to the eventual abolition of the death penalty. In a statement, Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi said, “I’m deeply concerned at reports of plans to execute Abdul Qader Mollah in the coming days.”
The UK opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle, said the statement adding, “We consider that its use undermines human dignity and that there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value.”
Bangladesh’s commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) require that all citizens be treated equally before the law, Warsi said. – UNB