Skip to comments.Rights watchdog calls on Baghdad not to execute Saddam
Posted on 12/26/2006 5:17:17 PM PST by RWB Patriot
NEW YORK (AFP) - Human Rights Watch urged the Iraqi government not to execute Saddam Hussein, describing the trial that convicted the former president for crimes against humanity as "deeply flawed."
"Imposing the death penalty, indefensible in any case, is especially wrong after such unfair proceedings," said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's international justice programme.
"That a judicial decision was first announced by Iraq's national security adviser underlines the political interference that marred Saddam Hussein's trial," he added.
Saddam was sentenced to death in November after a trial lasting more than a year for ordering the deaths of 148 Shiite civilians from the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad, after an assassination attempt in 1982.
A panel of Iraqi judges rejected his appeal and upheld the sentence earlier Tuesday, setting the stage for the ousted dictator to be hanged within 30 days.
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Funny, Terrorist Rights Watch never said anything when Saddam sentenced innocent people to death and threw them into plastic shredders.
*Slaps forehead and drags hand down face*
I goofed on the author slot again, so sorry. I think it's supposed to be New York AFP.
Could've stopped reading right there and known I wasn't going to agree with these wack-jobs.
Human rights are - by definition - reserved for humans. Since saddam is not a human but a beast, he necessarily does not, and cannot, have these rights and therefore is not covered by them. Thus the "human rights watch" has no standing to squeal on the topic. PETA might, though.
I'm sure that the Iraqi court might be willing to make a deal if Human Rights Watch has someone in mind they would like to substitute for Saddam. But, unless Maliki goes wobbly in the knees, Hussein is gonna swing in 30 days.
Doesn't this just figure? Is anyone surprised?
How many people do you have to kill to merit a death sentence according to the "Human Rights Watch"?
I'm sure they would support a death sentence for George W. Bush if he had an overdue parking ticket.
Apparently not all victims are created equal.
Liberalism IS a mental disorder.
Malaki gets no say. It's up to Talibani.
Why Talibani and what's he probably gonna do?
What was unfair about it. The trial lasted more than a year, Saddam had a dozen lawyers, witnesses testified, what was unfair?
You have to be a pro-American, anti-abortion, red-blooded Conservative Republican in order for Human Rights Watch to support your execution. Typical liberal thinking.
Because this issue is up to the President of Iraq (who usually has a largely representative role). He won't oppose the death sentence, since he already has indicated that, despite his opposiiton to the death penalty, Saddam deserves to be executed a thousand times.
The death warrant has to be signed by the President, and that's Talibani. Maliki is only Prime Minister.
Talabani personally opposes the death penalty in general, but he's allowed the vice-presidents to sign on his behalf for other recent executions.
I imagine great pressure will be put on him by the Ramsey Clark types in a last-ditch effort, but I'd guess he'll personally sign this one. He's a Kurd.
I agree. They should gently skin him alive and throw him in the ocean...
Damn, I was hoping for tomorrow. Looks like it'll be a little while longer if someone he has to sign off on it. And there's always a slim chance he'll balk out of fear of reprisals.
It'll be a great day when he is hanged. I wish they would televise it. Maybe they will since it's Iraq. I hope they have a mic that will catch that snap crackle pop and the lightening of the load. May he rot in hell.
Sure, let Saddam live so he might be able to kill more people, either personally or through those thugs who still believe he is their leader. If these morons at "Human Rights Watch" really wanted to foster human rights, they'd be so appalled at what Saddam did to his own people, and the Kuwaitis, they would want him executed immediately to protect human beings from him.
The hypocricy of these so called human "rights" groups astounds me.
They also urged President Bush to grant clemency for Timothy McVeigh in June, 2001 on grounds the FBI withheld documents from his defense counsel which led to an unfair prosecution they claimed. They are consistent, we have to give them that.
More typically, human rights organizations along with environmentalist groups, especially any affiliated with the U.N., are just cover groups for anti-American and anti-capitalist activists.
Likewise IIRC, there was absolutely zero protest of the execution of Timothy McVeigh, from anybody right or left or ACLU or Amnesty International or etc etc ... everyone pretty much agreed that McVeigh had to go for his crime, and it was done quickly and without much press.
Talabani can't block this execution without jeopardizing his own career, life, and throwing the country REALLY into a civil war.
I imagine the US is also telling him our expectations and the need to eliminate Hussein forever.
While I'd like to see a public execution, that's probably highly unlikely simply because of security concerns. It might not even be filmed. I imagine there will be photos of him after death to dispel any conspiracy theories.
"Since saddam is not a human but a beast.."
This is the mistake that we constantly make. Saddam is not a beast but very much an evil human being. Beasts follow their instincts and cannot be held responsible for their actions - Saddam knowingly acted the way he did and must therefore be held responsible. My dog is a beast and he feels offended for comparing him with Saddam.
Will Jimmy Carter be there to protest?
Will Jimmy Carter be there to protest?
Wrong. He is a beast in human shape - and thus whatever well-deserved abuse is meted out to him, at most it would be cruelty to animals.
"Likewise IIRC, there was absolutely zero protest of the execution of Timothy McVeigh, from anybody right or left or ACLU or Amnesty International or etc etc ... "
Exactly true. Good point. Typical "liberal" hyprocrisy.
Human Rights Watch, liberal scum not worth the time of day !!!
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
""Imposing the death penalty, indefensible in any case, is especially wrong..."
If it's indefensible in any case, it can't be especially wrong any more than a gal can get too pregnant.
The group thinks DP is wrong everytime. They could have stopped there. All else is wasting oxygen.
The day saddam is room temperature, will be a good day, as well as the jackass in cuba.
"Imposing the death penalty, indefensible in any case..."
"Could've stopped reading right there and known I wasn't going to agree with these wack-jobs."
I started laughing at that point. They only stand up for their beloved world leaders. They do not care about anyone else in the world.
"What was unfair about it. The trial lasted more than a year, Saddam had a dozen lawyers, witnesses testified, what was unfair?"
Well that is an easy question. Saddam was convicted. That is what was unfair. You need to completely ignore all facts and just support your dictators no matter what in order to be accepted into Human Rights Watch.
Now do you understand why you and I are not members?
It's up to the President and the two vice-presidents, not the prime minister.
I don't know what else to tell you. What you heard on the radio is wrong.
Maliki would support it in any event.
Really, the only wild card in the next 30 days would be Talibani and he's an unlikely Saddam ally. My guess is Saddam will be strung up within three weeks.
Legally, it could be minutes after the death warrants are signed. It wouldn't surprise me if it's within a week. Getting it over with before there's time for national excitement to build (and possibly boil over) would be prudent.
Crazy loons. They should just say "the death penalty is wrong, that this guy deserves is so much is a great opportunity to showcase our humanity". I would disagree with them, but the point is they would have much more credibilty and respect doing that than trying to claim he might not really be guilty.
I'm sorry, all petitions to spare the life of Saddam must be presented in person at the same location in downtown Baghdad where brave young Iraqi men risk death by queueing up to be recruited as policemen.
Dick Dicker was doomed to looney leftism by the moniker his parents hung on him.
Wrong! He is a MONSTER in human shape...!
The hypocrisy is mind boggling.
I can think of a dozen other ways to do away with him that would be more just, more in line with his type of thinking on how to do away with people. The problem is, you only get to choose one.
I'd love to get a large group of people to follow this POS carrying buckets of...Rocks. On each rock would be the name of one of Saddam's victims. They would follow Richard Dick-head throwing the rocks at him. "Where were you when Achmed was fed feet first into a chipper shredder for trying to leave the country?" "Why were you less vocal when little 13 year old Jasmine was gang raped because her father opposed the Bath-Party?"
Any better ideas?