28 September 2022 |Reference 57/2022
On Tuesday evening, 27 September 2022, the Permanent Military Court in Gaza sentenced a 49-year-old man to death by hanging, following his conviction for collaboration with hostile entities. He has been detained since 2019.
This ruling brings the number of death sentences issued since the beginning of 2022 to 18, and 52 since the State of Palestine ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which aims at the abolition of the death penalty, in 2019.
The Gaza judiciary continues to issue death sentences against perpetrators of serious crimes, despite Palestine’s accession to the ICCPR and its Second Optional Protocol. Al Mezan reiterates its strongest criticism of the use of the death penalty, which constitutes a form of inhuman punishment contrary to international legal standards and violates Palestine’s obligations under international human rights law that arise from the State’s accession to international treaties, especially the ICCPR and the Convention Against Torture (CAT). This punishment is widely regarded as ineffective in preventing or deterring serious crime.
Al Mezan calls on all competent Palestinian authorities to immediately stop issuing death sentences, completely abolish the practice, and apply more efficient punishments in compliance with Palestine’s international obligations.
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