The ICJ called on the Palestinian Government to abolish the death penalty, to commute the executions of the death sentences imposed by the military courts in Gaza and the West Bank.
In a letter sent today to the President of the Palestinian Authority, the ICJ also called for a reform of the Palestinian legislative framework in order to bring it in line with international human rights standards.
On 20 July 2008, a military court in Gaza sentenced to death Mr. Eyad Ahmed Diab Sukkar for carrying out “hostile activities against Palestinian revolutionists and military operations of the Palestinian revolution,” in violation of article 131 of the Palestinian Revolutionary Penal Code of 1979. During the last year, five other Palestinians have been sentenced to death by military courts in Gaza and the West Banks for similar charges.
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