Executions, that is, as the Presidential Council in Iraq ratifies the death sentences of 128 people.
Problem is, with so many executions a system had to be implemented and accordingly the canny Council stepped up with the 20 by 20 method: that is, executing 20 individuals per week.
Jeez. It’s a quota system using the word ‘batches’; these are people, not chickens.
Laying aside the possible reasons for their executions and donning the humanitarian hat, the news is simply heinous.
Little is more chilling than a methodological approach to the mass slaughter of humankind.
As no further details have been provided on the condemned 128, it is equally unknown whether prisoners transferred from the custody of United States forces following the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Iraq in January are amongst their number.
What is known is that the majority are held on charges under the Penal Code of Iraq and the Anti-Terrorism Law that comprises murder and kidnapping.
This in turn has raised questions over whether the trials conducted conform to international standards of a ‘fair’ trial.
Since the reimplementation of the death sentence by the Iraqi government in August 2004, figures for sentencing have been climbing ominously.
In 2006, 65 people were put to death; in 2007 just under 200 were sentenced and 22 executed, while the following year 285 individuals were sentenced and 34 executed.
More concerning is that these are the known figures; for organizations such as Amnesty International, the fickle nature of the Iraqi press vis-à-vis reporting executions and the absence of official records of sentences indicates that such numbers might be but the pinnacle.
To find out more on the debate surrounding the sentences, visit Amnesty, here.
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