The above was executed on 4 June, despite the fact that he had an application pending before the United Nations Human Rights Committee. This is the second execution to have taken place this year in Guyana since hangings were resumed after a break of more than five years.
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Abdool Saleem Yasseen, Noel Thomas: the appeal on behalf of the above has now been heard and judgement is expected in four to six weeks.
Rockliffe Ross: the above remains on death row until a judgement on the outcome of his appeal which is expected within four to six weeks time.
Ayube Kahn, Rockliffe Ross: AI has learned with regret that Ayube Kahn was hanged on 12 February 1996 in the first execution to be carried out in Guyana since 1990. Rockliffe Ross was granted a stay of execution on 9 February pending the outcome of an appeal.
Ayube Kahn, Rockliffe Ross: The above are scheduled to be executed on 12 February 1996.
Abdool Saleem Yasseen, Noel Thomas: On 1 February the above were issued with warrants for their execution on 5 February. A high court judge granted a seven-day reprieve pending a further hearing. If this appeal fails the executions could go ahead soon after.
This report provides compelling evidence of the futility and injustice of trying to use the death penalty to suppress drug trafficking and abuse. Some 26 countries have responded to the drug menace by introducing laws which make drug-related offences punishable by death. Thousands of prisoners have...