2002-03-24
Right to Life      Abolish Death Penalty

 

Right To Life      Abolish Death Penalty
             
Petition to the Government of People’s Republic of China and SAR Hong Kong
On 25 December 2001, five Hong Kong residents, Zhuang Cho-shing etc., were sentenced to death, for their alleged involvement in the manufacture and trafficking of illegal drugs by the Shenzhen City Intermediate People’s Court. The family of Zhuang Cho-shing learned of his arrest on the mainland through a lawyer representing the Chinese security officials after Zhang was detained for ten months. The sister of Zhuang was concerned about his brother’s disappearance following his trip to Macau. Although Zhuang was said to have been arrested on the mainland, his passport was found in his home and the Macau officials did not have record of Zhuang’s departure.
On 31 January 2002, three Hong Kong residents, Lam Kai-ming etc., were condemned to death row for drug offences by Shenzhen City Intermediate People’s Court.
We urge the Chinese authorities and SAR Government:
1.          to commute the death sentences passed on the subject eight Hong Kong residents
2.          to launch a review of the notification system ensuring that the families of the prisoners are notified in a timely fashion of detention
3.          to abolish the death penalty in all cases which is regarded as the ultimate form of cruel and inhuman punishment and as a violation of the right to life.
      


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