Jordan: execution of 15 people "horrific"

6 March 2017, 12:09 UTC | Jordan
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Reacting to news that Jordan executed 15 people, Samah Hadid, Deputy Director at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office, said:.

“The horrific scale and secrecy around these executions is shocking.” 

Samah Hadid, Deputy Director at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office

“The horrific scale and secrecy around these executions is shocking.”

“This is a major step backwards for both Jordan and efforts to end the death penalty – a senseless and ineffective means of administering justice. Jordan had for years been a leading example in a region where recourse to the death penalty is all too frequent.

“There is no evidence that the death penalty addresses violent crime, including terrorism-related offences. Hanging people will not improve public security."

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty at all times - regardless of who is accused, the crime, guilt or innocence or method of execution.

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