The Ministry of Rehabilitations and Prison Reforms has requested Ministry of Justice to consider changing the Death Penalty into a life sentence, reported in the Government owned Sinhalese News Paper Dinamina on 26th April. According to the newspaper the Ministry has appointed a committee to examine the different way to replace Death penalty as punishment.
This media statement released by the Ministry, in the context of rising dissatisfaction and frustration among nearly 355 Death Row inmates in Welikada and Bogambara prisons, about their current deteriorating prison conditions and inhuman treatments received by themselves. Very often, the Death Row inmates argue with the Prison Authorities to either Hang them or change their capital punishment in to a other form of sentences that allow Death Row Inmates to move freely inside the prison and take part with activities available for other convicted prisoners.
APHR want to recall that Sri Lanka is under defacto moratorium since 1976 after the last official execution, and currently 76 states out of 146 UNO member states are already abolished Death Penalty and substitute the the Capital Punishment with alternative conditions.
APHR wish to argue that Government Authorities including Rehabilitation and Prison Reform Ministry should genuinely committed to revoking the Death Penalty form the Penal Cord. The death penalty is substituted with life imprisonment with the possibility of pardon or amnesty, conditional release or alternative means according to the Human Rights stipulated in the Sri Lankan Constitution and International Human Rights Law.
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