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Bhrc Seminar On The Death Penalty In India: The Case Of Professor Devinder Singh Bhullar. 31St July At Dsc [Please Circulate Widely]


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From: Illari Aragón <coordination@barhumanrights.org.uk>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:38:21 +0100
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Subject: [Reminder] BHRC Seminar on the Death Penalty in India: The case of Professor Devinder Bhullar. 31st July at DSC [Please circulate widely]



Seminar on the Death Penalty in India


The case of Professor Devinder Bhullar
Wednesday, 31st July 2013, 6:00 -8:00 pm

Doughty Street Chambers

53-54 Doughty St, London, WC1N 2LS. See map <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=b2d7dc0d81&e=5aaa059537> .
Places for this seminar are limited. Kindly RSVP if you would like to attend.
The immediate risk of execution of Professor Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar in India has renewed concerns among the international community over the use of capital punishment. Professor Bhullar was convicted of involvement in the bombing of the All Indian Youth Congress in New Delhi and sentenced to death in 2001 under the now repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act 1985 (“TADA”). The BHRC has recently released an Open Letter addressed to Indian authorities drawing attention to breaches of fair trial process and concerns over Professor Bhullar’s mental health [see letter] <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=cd35f53fdf&e=5aaa059537> . Specifically, the BHRC manifested concern over a "confession" induced by torture and lack of supporting evidence. Professor Bhullar’s mental health now has deteriorated to the point where the death penalty is unlawful in Indian domestic law and international law.

The seminar will spotlight Professor Bhullar's case, explore the strength of international law and consider the broader issue of capital punishment. * Followed by a reception. Speakers:
  • Schona Jolly, Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) & barrister at Cloisters.
  • Saul Lehrfreund MBE, Death Penalty Project.
  • Peter Tatchell, Peter Tatchell Foundation.
  • Chiara Sangiorgio, Campaigner-Death Penalty. Amnesty International.

Chaired by:
  • Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chairwoman - Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) & barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

Supported by
Kesri Lehar Human Rights Campaign, Bhai Khanaiya Jee Aid, 1984 Genocide Coalition.
RSVP
coordination@barhumanrights.org.uk <http://barhumanrights.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=054f3995082bb41dbd340ee51&id=f7ee7424e5&e=5aaa059537>



The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) is the international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales. It is an independent body concerned with protecting the rights of advocates, judges and human rights defenders around the world. The Committee is concerned with defending the rule of law and internationally recognised legal standards relating to human rights and the right to a fair trial. The remit of BHRC extends to all countries of the world, apart from its own jurisdiction of England & Wales. This reflects the Committee's need to maintain its role as an independent but legally qualified observer, critic and advisor, with internationally accepted rule of law principles at the heart of its agenda.
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