Bangladesh: Execution of Mir Quasem Ali will not deliver justice

Reacting to the execution on Saturday of Mir Quasem Ali - a key financier of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, who was found guilty by the country’s International Crimes Tribunal in a flawed trial – Amnesty International said:

“The execution of Mir Quasem Ali, following a trial whose fairness was questioned by the UN, will not deliver justice that the people of Bangladesh deserve  for crimes committed during the War of Independence. The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment that most of the world’s countries have now rid themselves of,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.

The execution of Mir Quasem Ali, following a trial whose fairness was questioned by the UN, will not deliver justice that the people of Bangladesh deserve for crimes committed during the War of Independence. The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment that most of the world’s countries have now rid themselves of
Champa Patel, Amnesty International's South Asia Director

Key facts

106

countries had completely abolished the death penalty by the end of 2019

657

people were executed in 2019 (excluding China) – down 5% from 2018

1,000s

of people were likely executed in China, but the numbers remain classified