Extracts from the Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law:
- India- execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru and its implications
- Rwanda- case of Victoire Ingabire
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 23/05/2013 First transmission: 23/05/2013
The European Parliament held debates on a number of topics relating to human rights and democracy. One of the cases was the execution of Mohammed Afzal Guru, an Indian inmate sentenced to death and executed after being convicted for the December 2001 terrorist attack. Although he was given a stay out of execution in 2006, he remained on death row and was hanged in February 2013. The last case was that of Rwandan Victoire Ingabire, a 2012 Sakharov Prize nominee. Victoire Ingabire is an active advocate in several political movements of the Rwandan diaspora. In 2010, she was forbidden from running for presidential elections in Rwanda and has since then been in prison being charged with attempts against state security and espousing a genocide ideology.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Karima DELLI (Greens-EFA, FR): "We condemn death penalty under any circumstance; that's why we call on India to adopt an ongoing moratorium with the view to the rapid abolition of the death penalty".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Phil BENNION (ALDE, UK): "First of all I would like to express my condolences to the family of Mohammad Afzal Guru. It's totally unacceptable that his family was not informed about his execution. The execution was carried out and his body was kept in the prison and there's been quite a campaign for the body to be returned to his family".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner: "We had expressed our concern about the resumption in India of executions after an 8 years pause. the President of India rejected a number of pleas for clemency in the last few weeks and we fear that there may be soon further executions".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner: "We support India's fight against all forms of terrorism and we have expressed our readiness to talk to the Delhi government about these issues. The fight against terror needs to be pursued in full respect of human rights".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Nicole KIIL-NIELSEN (Greens-EFA, FR): "A symbol of the fights against oppression, Victoire Ingabire, who's been called by some people the 'Rwandan Aung-San Suu Kyi' was sentenced to 8 years because of her commitment with the opposition activities. She must enjoy a fair trial and the appeal procedure should be in line with the international standards. The EU has a role to play in this case, not just in providing support for the commitment of a woman with strong convictions, but also condemning strongly the persecution of opposition leaders and the political trials".
||SOUNDBITE (Finnish) Mitro REPO (S&D, FI): "Rwanda is not ready to become a legal system based on pluralistic values with several parties. It is important the hurtful themes of history be treated. I wonder why the international media has not handled the case almost at all".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner: "The Rwandan Supreme Court has not yet decided on this case and we are waiting for its ruling. It's in this context that we call for the Rwandan judiciary to be fully independent and for Ms Ingabire to be guaranteed her full right for a fair trial".
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