Iraq: Saddam Hussein hanged after unfair trial

Posted by Sinapan Samydorai under Breaking News on 1 January 2007

Saddam Hussein had committed crimes against humanity. But how could his hanging lead to reconciliation, the truth and peace? His execution under the USA supervised -"victor's justice" only serves to path the way towards more carnage, more bloodshed!

The United Nations and European Union had opposed the execution of Saddam Hussein. Human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, said Saddam should not be hanged for crimes against humanity because his trial had been flawed and was marred by political interference by the Iraqi government.

Saddam Hussein as prisoner of war was entitled to fair and humane treatment as well as protection from summary execution. A fair trial would have shown evidence implicating those who enabled those crimes. The USA for providing support for the regime and the seed stock for biological weapons. The British for providing growth medium for biological weapons. The Germans for providing chemical weapons. The French for providing missile technology. The convictions after a fair trial would have led to life imprisonment - not the death penalty.

Amnesty International "We are against the death penalty as a matter of principle but particularly in this case because it comes after a flawed trial." Human Rights Watch "Saddam Hussein was responsible for massive human rights violations, but that can't justify giving him the death penalty, which is a cruel and inhuman punishment."

Saddam Hussein was in the custody of the U.S. military in Iraq. He was handed over to Iraq only on the order of or with the approval of President Bush. The executions follows the publication of the Iraq Study Group's report, which had recognized that the U.S. occupation of Iraq had collapsed.

Saddam Hussein had committed crimes against humanity. He must be held accountable and justice must be served. Imposing the cruel death penalty is not the way. How could his hanging lead to reconciliation, the truth and peace? His execution under the USA supervised - "victor's justice" only serves to path the way towards more carnage, more bloodshed!

Saddam is executed for ordering the deaths of 150 Iraqis but who is going to be punished for the 600,000 mostly civilian Iraqi citizens killed by military forces in Iraq. The USA and the other countries which send troops into war based on lies should be the next ones to stand trial for crimes against humanity. The USA lied that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction"s, "capacity to build a nuclear weapon", and "somehow was responsible for the 911".

We now know all three of these assertions were lies and Saddam Hussein did tell the truth! The USA had launch the pre-emptive illegal war against Iraq without the United Nations support - breaking international law. Perhaps it is no accident that the USA refused to join the International Criminal Court.

Sinapan Samydorai
Think Centre

The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading, punishment. The abolition of the death penalty is essential for the protection of the right to life.

Think Centre's call to right to life in connection with capital punishment is guided by the desirability of abolition of the death penalty which has been expressed on numerous occasions by the UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Committee, the Economic and Social Council and Security Council [resolutions 808 (1993) of 22 February 1993 and 955 (1994) of 8 November 1994]

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15 January 2007

Human Rights Watch, New York Iraq: Saddam Hussein Put to Death
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Ynetnews Saddam execution immoral
31 December 2006

Associated Press Hundreds flock to see Saddam's gravesite
31 December 2006

AFP Saddam execution risks triggering more bloodshed: Malaysia
30 December 2006

CNA 77 killed as carnage grips post-Saddam Iraq
31 December 2006

Independent Saddam: The questions that will live on 30 December 2006

The Independent A dictator created then destroyed by America
30 December 2006

Independent He takes his secrets to the grave. Our complicity dies with him
31 December 2006 Why The Bush Family Needs Saddam Hussein Executed - And Soon

The Guardian Full coverage: Saddam Hussein


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