24 October 2006

A Moratorium on Executions

On Capital Punishment-

"It is intolerable. This vicious circle, which transforms lives through simple elements of political influence, must be broken as a matter of urgency. Far from such sad considerations, it is vital that Muslim consciences throughout the world call, in the name of their religion, its principles and its universal requirement of justice, to an immediate stop to these executions. We need to enforce an immediate moratorium and to open a thorough debate on the necessary reforms to be promoted within the contemporary judiciary systems. Far from the media spotlight, children, women and men suffer the worst treatments - up to capital punishment - and the Islamic world remains silent while everybody knows that the judiciary systems are failing, that children, women and men are sometimes judged without having a lawyer, without the slightest respect of the fundamental rights, sometimes simply as an example or after a trial's parody."

Tariq Ramadan, there. Reminding us again that he's not the same as Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

I tend to agree with something David Aaronovitch said on our show, that instead of seeking what divides us, we should be seeking what unites us and talking about that. Tariq Ramadan still seems like someone we can talk to, even if, (as at a recent IPPR/New Humanist event) I'm not always sure what he's saying. On this I agree with him, and it draws a definite line in the sand between him and those who believe that people should be killed for having different beliefs or lifestyles. The latter are the ones who want to be heard, and perhaps should be heard a little less.



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