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Passion Islam I January 2010 ORLD NEWSW I 15
UN human rights chief calls for
universal abolition of death penalty
The top UN human rights official character of the sentence.”
called for the universal abolition of the Ms. Pillay noted that 140 States
death penalty, citing a host of reasons no longer carry out the penalty. The
ranging from the fundamental right to 72 States which have ratified the
life to the possibility of judicial errors. Protocol are duty-bound not to execute
“I am opposed to the death penalty anybody, to take all necessary steps to
in all cases,” UN High Commissioner definitively abolish the death penalty,
for Human Rights Navi Pillay said and not to extradite individuals to a
in a message marking the 20th country where they would face the
anniversary of the Death Penalty death penalty. “Ratification of the
Optional Protocol which was added optional protocol, as well as similar
to the International Covenant on regional instruments in Europe and in
Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the Americas, thus draws a firm line
1989 with the aim of abolishing the under the use of the death penalty,”
punishment. she said, noting that the instrument is
“I hold this position for a number a key step for states moving towards
of reasons: these include the abolition.
fundamental nature of the right to life; “Abolishing the death penalty is a
the unacceptable risk of executing difficult process for many societies,
still employing the death penalty to
innocent people by mistake; the and ratification of the Optional Protocol
place a formal moratorium on its use,
absence of proof that the death penalty can often only come about after a
with the aim of ultimately ratifying the
serves as a deterrent; and what is, to period of national debate.” Until they
Optional Protocol and abolishing the
my mind, the inappropriately vengeful reach that point, I urge those States
punishment altogether everywhere.
Muslim-Christian Scholars Joint
Dubai Islamic Bank
Conference Planned in Romania
named best bank
A joint conference of Muslim and
Christian scholars has been planned
by the Islamic-Christian Group for
Defending Quds and Religious
Sanctities” to be held on February 10
in Bucharest, Romania.
According to Ma’an news agency,
the three-day conference will be
Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has
attended by a number of eminent
announced that it has been named
Muslim and Christian scholars
“Best Bank” at this year’s Islamic
from Arab and European countries
Business ‘&’ Finance Awards.
including Romanian archbishop.
This is the third time that the
Supervised by representatives
world’s first Islamic bank has received
of the Islamic-Christian group, the
this prestigious accolade.
conference is aimed at promoting
The award was presented at a
Islamic-Christian relations to defend
gala ceremony to Dr. Adnan Chilwan,
common values between Muslims
Chief of Retail and Business Banking
and Christians including Quds and
and Mohammed Al Nahdi, Chief of
Palestinian sanctities.
Central Operations Department, in
According to the leader of Palestinian
recognition of the bank’s innovative
minorities in Romania special of Quds and Palestinian identity
products, unparalleled customer
facilities will be provided by Romanian have been planned by officials of the
service and undisputed market
government and the country’s church Islamic-Christian Group for Defending
leadership, marking the 24th time this
for the conference. Quds and Sanctities, which is based
year that DIB has been recognized
Programs stressing the importance in Ramallah in Palestine.
for excellence in achievement.
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