August 23, 2016- Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other independent United Nations Human Rights experts urge Bangladesh to annul the death sentence against Mir Quasem Ali, a senior opposition member of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, and to re-try him in compliance with international standards. Their request comes as the Supreme Court prepares to review the case on Wednesday 24 August. “Mr. Ali’s trial and appeal processes were reportedly marred with irregularities and failed to meet international standards on fair trial and due process for the imposition of the death penalty,” they said. “The death penalty is the most severe form of punishment,” the experts stressed, adding that “[i]n light of its irreversibility” it is imperative to take every measure to ensure that all defendants receive a fair trial.
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