WHILE saying they sympathized with the victims of 2013 Boston Marathon bombing which left three people dead and 260 others injured, Amnesty International has responded that death by lethal injection for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is both “cruel and inhuman punishment.”
A US jury handed down death penalty to Tsarnaev, 21, when they found that he showed no sign of change and repentance after orchestrating the bombing along with his older brother Tamerlan – who was killed by police during an ensuing manhunt.
“We condemn the bombings that took place in Boston two years ago, and we mourn the loss of life and grave injuries they caused. The death penalty, however, is not justice. It will only compound the violence, and it will not deter others from committing similar crimes in the future,” said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International-USA.
In a statement, Hawkins said “it is outrageous that the federal government imposes this cruel and inhuman punishment, particularly when the people of Massachusetts have abolished it in their state.”
“As death sentences decline worldwide, no government can claim to be a leader in human rights when it sentences its prisoners to death,” added Hawkins, noting that Massachusetts as a state put an end to death penalty in 1984.
Yet according to the court Tsarnaev was on trial for federal crimes, making him eligible for death penalty.
“The ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families,” said US Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a report.
Amnesty International maintained its opposition to death penalty “in all cases without exception as the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.”
“As of today, 140 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. The U.S. was one of only nine countries in the world that carried out executions each year between 2009 and 2013,” it said.