National Campaign for Abolition of Death Penalty
(The NCADP is supported by the European Commission but the views expressed are solely of the Asian Centre for Human Rights)

NEWS COVERAGE

  • The Hindustan Times
    Death penalty: ‘Rarest of rare’ cases are not so rare in India now, 05 February 2016
  • The Hindustan Times
    Presidents rejected 70% of mercy pleas since '47, 10 October 2015
  • The Times of India
    Nearly one-third of mercy petitions commuted to life since Independence, 10 October 2015
  • oneindia
    Death sentence in India: Presidential panel on mercy petitions sought, 10 October 2015
  • Business Standard
    Ex-Law Commission chief favours 90 days time to challenge, 09 October 2015
  • The Straits Times
    Five sentenced to death over train bombings in Mumbai, 01 October 2015
  • The Hindustan Times
    UP Governor Rejects Couple's Mercy Petition, 17 September 2015
  • The Wire
    India’s Stand on Death Penalty and Torture is a Self-goal in Fighting Terror, 01 September 2015
  • Daily News & Analysis
    Death penalty and the changing mind-set of the legal community, 31 August 2015
  • The Straits Times
    Panel favours abolishing death sentence in India, 31 August 2015
  • Oneindia
    Abolishing death penalty: Extradition will still be a problem, 01 September 2015
  • The Hindustan Times
    Right to life of 1.30 lakh violated in last decade, 27 August 2015
  • The Kashmir Times
    Right to life of 130,407 persons violated during 2004-14: ACHR, 26 August 2015
  • Oneindia
    Right to life? These statistics will shock you, 26 August 2015
  • The Hindustan Times
    Govt lost mercy petition of 4 Maoist convicts on death row, 31 July 2015
  • The Times of India
    Here's proof that poor get gallows, rich mostly escape, 20 July 2015
  • The Times of India
    Death penalty cannot be arbitrarily imposed: Expert, 20 July 2015
  • Merinews
    Right to life in the context of death penalty, 16 July 2015
  • India: Death despite dissenting judgements
  • Merinews
    Human rights body calls for an end to imposition of death penalty by majority view of the judges, 03 June 2015
  • Business Standard
    ACHR calls for ending death penalty imposition on basis of majority view, 02 June 2015
  • ANI News
    ACHR calls for ending death penalty imposition on basis of majority view, 02 June 2015
  • Kashmir Watch
    India: Call for end to imposition of death penalty by majority view of the judges, 02 June 2015
  • Webindia123
    Majority view of judges of SC and HC to end imposition of death penalty: ACHR, 02 June 2015
  • India: Death in the name of conscience

  • Two Circle
    ACHR’s comparative study uncovers flaws in Indian system of awarding death sentence, 28 May 2015
  • The Financial Express
    ACHR report examines use of ‘collective conscience’ in death penalties, 26 May 2015
  • The Feedlex
    ACHR Report Examines Use Of ‘Collective Conscience’ In Death Penalties, 26 May 2015
  • ANI News
    ACHR report examines use of 'collective conscience' in death penalties, 25 May 2015
  • Yahoo News
    ACHR report examines use of 'collective conscience' in death penalties, 26 May 2015
  • Beyond Headlines
    India: Death in the name of conscience, 25 May 2015
  • Outlook (Hindi)
    SC stay sparks debate on death penality, 25 May 2015
  • Sify.com
    ACHR report examines use of 'collective conscience' in death penalties, 25 May 2015
  • Asia Bulletin
    ACHR report examines use of 'collective conscience' in death penalties, 25 May 2015
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  • Business Standard
    ACHR welcomes life term for Nithari killer, 28 January 2015
  • ANI News
    ACHR welcomes life term for Nithari killer, 28 January 2015
  • Yahoo News
    ACHR welcomes life term for Nithari killer, 28 January 2015
  • Beyond Headlines
    Commutation of Koli’s Death Sentence a Step towards Providing timely access to Justice to Death Row Convicts, 28 January 2015
  • Deccan Herald
    Bill to abolish death penalty moved in Rajya Sabha, 19 December 2014
  • India: Death Penalty Has No Deterrence

  • The Hindustan Times
    Death penalty review plea decision a ‘welcome move’, 03 Septembber 2014
  • Two Circles
    Two in India sentenced to death everyday despite no deterrent effect, says ACHR report, 03 September 2014
  • Live Mint
    The case of the sisters on death row, 02 September 2014
  • Deccan Herald
    Death penalty no deterrent despite two being awarded daily, says NGO, 02 September 2014
  • E-Pao
    President Mukherjee rejected 97 pc of mercy petitions, 02 September 2014
  • The Kashmir Times
    Death Penalty: No deterrence, 02 September 2014
  • The Hindustantimes
    Rights watchdog slams large number of death sentences, says they have failed to curb crime, 01 September 2014
  • Beyond Headlines
    President Mukherjee Rejects 97% of Mercy Pleas as India Gives Two Death Sentences Each Day, 01 September 2014
  • The Sanghai Express
    President Mukherjee rejected 97 pc of mercy petitions, 01 September 2014
  • E-Pao
    NHRC directs Union Home Secretary to submit status report on lost mercy petition, 05 March 2014
  • The Telegraph
    Rights rap on lost mercy plea, 04 March 2014
  • The Sentinel
    NHRC asks for report from Home Secretary on missing petition, 04 March 2014
  • The Shillong Times
    NHRC wants status of ‘lost’ mercy petition of death row convict, 04 March 2014
  • TNT
    NHRC directs Union Home Secretary to submit status report of Holiram Bordoloi, 04 March 2014
  • Deutsche Welle
    Delhi signals shift away from capital punishment, 03 March 2014
  • The Economic Times
    National Human Rights Commission directs Centre to submit report on missing petition, 03 March 2014
  • Business Standard
    NHRC directs Centre to submit report on missing petition, 03 March 2014
  • The Morung Express
    Holiram Bordoloi case: NHRC seeks status report, 03 March 2014
  • Press Trust of India
    NHRC seeks Centre's report on missing petition, 03 March 2014
  • SP News
    Hukum ka NHRC ia u secretary kam poh iing ban pyntip balei jah ka shithi pan map, 03 March 2014
  • Outlook
    A Few Turns Of The Screw, 03 March 2014
  • The Telegraph
    Bihar convicts’ pleas go missing, 21 February 2014
  • Business Standard
    NHRC takes cognizance of missing mercy petitions of Bara massacre convicts, 20 February 2014
  • ANI
    NHRC takes cognizance of missing mercy petitions of Bara massacre convicts, 20 February 2014
  • SP News Agency
    NHRC takes cognizance of missing mercy petitions of the Bara massacre convicts, 20 February 2014
  • Yahoo News
    NHRC takes cognizance of missing mercy petitions of Bara massacre convicts, 20 February 2014
  • The Indian Express
    Verdict a leap forward, says convicts’ lawyer, 19 February 2014
  • E-Pao
    ACHR hails SC judgement commuting death sentences of Rajiv killers, 19 February 2014
  • Hueiyen Lanpao
    ACHR hails SC judgement commuting death sentences of Rajiv killers, 19 February 2014
  • The Free Press Journal
    ACHR welcomes Supreme Court judgment on the Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, 18 February 2014
  • Business Standard
    ACHR welcomes Supreme Court judgment on the Rajiv Gandhi's killers, 18 February 2014
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Rajiv Gandhi’s Killers Off Death Row, 18 February 2014
  • ANI
    ACHR welcomes Supreme Court judgment on the Rajiv Gandhi's killers, 18 February 2014
  • The Hindu
    A step towards abolishing death penalty, 22 January 2014
  • Oman Tribune
    Four Veerappan aides, Bhullar escape noose, 22 January 2014
  • 7 News
    India's top court commutes death sentences, sets restrictions, 22 January 2014
  • The Hindustan Times
    Death penalty in India inching closer towards abolition, 22 January 2014
  • E-Pao
    ACHR welcomes SC verdict, 22 January 2014
  • The Hindustan Times
    SC commutes death sentence of 15 convicts due to delays, illness, 21 January 2013
  • Dawn
    India top court commutes 15 death sentences due to delays, 21 January 2014
  • Channel News Asia
    India's top court commutes death sentences, 21 January 2014
  • The Himalayan Times
    India court remits death sentences, 21 January 2014
  • Outlook
    ACHR Welcomes SC Verdict on Death Sentence, 21 January 2014
  • DNA
    Rights bodies laud Supreme Court decision commuting death sentences of 15, 21 January 2014
  • Business Standard
    ACHR welcomes SC commutation of 15 death sentences, 21 January 2014
  • The Malay Mail Online
    India top court commutes 15 death sentences due to delay, 21 January 2014
  • 7 News
    India top court commutes 15 death sentences due to delays, 21 January 2014
  • ANI
    ACHR welcomes SC commutation of 15 death sentences, 21 January 2014
  • Livemint
    SC commutes 15 death sentences to life due to delays in mercy petitions, 21 January 2014
  • Arab News
    India Supreme Court commutes 15 death sentences due to delays, 21 January 2014
  • Romandie
    Inde: 15 condamnations à mort commuées en perpétuité, 21 January 2014
  • Fyens
    Epokegørende afgørelse fra Højesteret kan rykke Indien tættere på en ophævelse af dødsstraf, 21 January 2014
  • Avisen
    Indisk domstol ændrer 15 dødsstraffe, 21 January 2014
  • AFP
    India top court commutes 15 death sentences due to delays, 21 January 2014
  • The Kashmir Times
    Need to abolish death penalty, 23 October 2013
  • Kashmir Life
    10 Kashmiris among 414 death row convicts await gallows, 22 October 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    Death penalty – not a crime deterrent, 14 September 2013
  • The Los Angeles Times
    India's rape case debate has echoes in America, 14 September 2013
  • El Pais
    Condenados a morir en la horca cuatro de los autores de la violación de Amanat, 14 September 2013
  • Daily News and Analysis
    Death penalty not the answer: UN, Amnesty, 14 September 2013
  • The Kashmir Times
    Death penalty not a deterrent: ACHR, 14 September 2013
  • The Hindu
    Ensure speedy justice to survivors of violence, UN Women tells govt. 14 September 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    Jurists Question Euphoria over sentencing, 14 September 2013
  • The Times of India
    Denizens hail Nirbhaya verdict, 14 September 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    Widening gap between death sentences, actual executions, 14 September 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    Activists, human right groups question euphoria on death sentence, 13 September 2013
  • The Telegraph, UK
    India gang-rape sentencing: the death penalty explained, 13 September 2013
  • The Los Angeles Times
    4 Indian men get death sentences in rape-murder case, 13 September 2013
  • El Diario Violadores de mujer india morirán en la horca, 13 September 2013
  • Malaysia Sun
    ACHR welcomes Delhi gang rape verdict, but says death penalty does not act as deterrent, 13 September 2013
  • Business Standard
    ACHR welcomes Delhi gang rape verdict, but says death penalty does not act as deterrent, 13 September 2013
  • ANI News
    ACHR welcomes Delhi gang rape verdict, but says death penalty does not act as deterrent, 13 September 2013
  • Business Standard
    ACHR welcomes Delhi gang rape verdict, 13 September 2013
  • Newzfirst
    Delhi gang rape judgment: Death penalty does not act as a deterrent, says rights group, 13 September 2013
  • Reader's Digest
    Outrageous! June 2013
  • Business Standard
    Human rights activists demand death penalty must go, 13 May 2013
  • The New Indian Express
    Rights activists demand death penalty must go, 11 May 2013
  • IANS
    Human rights activists demand death penalty must go, 11 May 2012
  • The Telegraph
    Jury still out on death penalty, 02 May 2013
  • The Times of India
    SC verdict on Das brings hope to other death row convicts, 02 May 2013
  • Outlook
    SC Commutes Death of Murder Convict Over Delay in Mercy, 01 May 2013
  • The Hindu
    12-year delay gives life to death row convict, 01 May 2013
  • PTI
    ACHR welcome SC order commuting death sentence to life, 01 May 2013
  • ANI
    Supreme Court commutes death penalty of murder convict Das to life, 01 May 2013
  • ACHR submits mercy petition to President of India in Bhullar case

  • Deutsche Welle
    Is India too 'noose happy'? 19 April 2013
  • The Times of India
    Asian Centre for Human Rights cites Mahendra case, seeks mercy for Bhullar, 19 April 2013
  • The Pioneer
    HUMAN RIGHTS BODY TOO SUBMITS FRESH MERCY PLEA, 19 April 2013
  • The Times of India
    Bhullar's clemency plea under consideration: Shinde, 19 April 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    Hope for Bhullar; fresh mercy plea filed before President, 18 April 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    ACHR files fresh mercy plea on Bhullar to President, 18 April 2013
  • ANI News
    ACHR files fresh mercy plea on Bhullar to President Mukherjee, 18 April 2013
  • The Malaysia Sun
    ACHR files fresh mercy plea on Bhullar to President Mukherjee, 18 April 2013
  • Trutdive
    ACHR files fresh mercy plea on Bhullar to President Mukherjee, 18 April 2013
  • Yahoo News
    ACHR files fresh mercy plea on Bhullar to President Mukherjee, 18 April 2013
  • Rediff
    ACHR files fresh mercy plea on Bhullar to President, 18 April 2013
  • News Track India
    ACHR files fresh mercy plea on Bhullar to President Mukherjee, 18 April 2013
  • Punjab News Line
    Now, Human Rights body throws weight behind Bhullar, 18 April 2013
  • Supreme Court’s judgement on Bhullar is an opportunity lost to recognize death row syndrome

  • The Assam Tribune
    ACHR expresses regret over SC judgement, 16 April 2013
  • The Hindu
    Civil rights groups worried over executions in India, 14 April 2013
  • The Hindu
    Supreme Court clears decks for Bhullar execution, 13 April 2013
  • The Statesman
    Opportunity lost to recognise death row syndrome, 13 April 2013
  • The Hindu
    Bhullar’s shadow on other death-row convicts, 13 April 2013
  • The News
    India’s top court rejects challenge to death sentence, 13 April 2013
  • The Peninsula
    Ruling may affect other cases, 13 April 2013
  • msn News
    Rejection of Bhullar's plea could affect 17 more, 13 April 2013
  • The Statesman
    SC turns down Bhullar’s plea on death penalty, 12 April 2013
  • Australia Network News
    Indian court rejects challenge to death sentence, 12 April 2013
  • ABC Radio Australia
    Indian court rejects challenge to death sentence, 12 April 2013
  • Khaleez Times
    Court rejects challenge to death sentence, 12 April 2013
  • TMN News
    Rejection of Bhullar’s defence could impact 17 more, 12 April 2013
  • Yahoo News
    SC's judgement on Bhullar is an opportunity lost to recognize death row syndrome: ACHR, 12 April 2013
  • Northeast News Portal
    Supreme Court’s judgement on Bhullar is an opportunity lost to recognize death row syndrome, 12 April 2013
  • Channel NewsAsia
    India's top court rejects challenge to death sentenc, 12 April 2013
  • Daily News
    India's top court rejects challenge to death sentence, 12 April 2013
  • Sikh24
    Prof Bhuller to be Hanged, 12 April 2013
  • ANI
    SC's judgement on Bhullar is an opportunity lost to recognize death row syndrome: ACHR, 12 April 2013
  • News reporter
    Rejection of Bhullar’s plea could affect 17 more, 12 April 2013
  • News Track India
    SC's judgement on Bhullar is an opportunity lost to recognize death row syndrome: ACHR, 12 April 2013
  • 74% of the mercy petitions were rejected by Presidents of India since 1981

  • The Wall Street Journal
    Death Penalty Resurfacing in India, 09 April 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    Human rights body condemns rejection of five mercy pleas, 07 April 2013
  • Kashmir Watch
    74% of the mercy petitions were rejected by Presidents of India since 1981, 05 April 2013
  • India Blooms
    ACHR slams Prez on death mercy rejections, 05 April 2013
  • The Times of India
    President rejects mercy pleas: 3 to hang for mass murders, 1 for rape, 05 April 2013
  • The Tribune
    Post-1980, President has turned down 74% mercy petitions, 04 April 2013
  • Zee News
    President Pranab rejects five mercy pleas, commutes sentence of two, 04 April 2013
  • ANI
    ACHR condemns arbitrary rejection of mercy pleas of nine death row convicts, 04 April 2013
  • truthdive
    ACHR condemns arbitrary rejection of mercy pleas of nine death row convicts, 04 April 2013
  • Yahoo News
    ACHR condemns arbitrary rejection of mercy pleas of nine death row convicts, 04 April 2013
  • 1,455 persons awarded death penalty in India from 2001 to 2011 – one death penalty in less than every third day in India

  • The Hindustan Times
    No terminal benefits, 23 February 2013
  • The Pioneer
    Sit on mercy pleas, let the killers off, 23 February
  • The Los Angeles Times
    India's Supreme Court delays hanging of 4 'Robin Hood' gang members, 20 February 2013
  • The Statesman
    Death penalty should be abolished, 19 February 2013
  • IBN Live
    The way Afzal was hanged is a blot on Indian democracy: Fali Nariman, 18 February 2013
  • Times Now
    AHRC appeals to PM to spare Veerappan associates from execution, 18 February 2013
  • Outlook India
    Don't Execute Veerappan's Associates: AHRC to PM, 18 February 2013
  • The Times of India
    India set to be among world's top five executioners; PM urged to stop execution of Veerappan's associates, 18 February 2013
  • Zee News
    AHRC appeals PM to stop execution of Veerappan's associates, 18 February 2013
  • IBN Live
    AHRC appeals PM to stop execution of Veerappan's associates, 18 February 2013
  • The Hindu
    Manmohan urged to stop Veerappan aides execution, 18 February 2013
  • Northeast News Postal
    India set to become top five executioners of the world - Prime Minister urged to stop execution of Veerappan’s associates, 18 February 2013
  • The Times of India
    One death penalty commuted to life term every day in India, 18 February 2013
  • NY Daily News
    Prime minister urged to abolish death penalty, 18 February 2013
  • The People's Chronicle
    AHRC appeals to PM to spare Veerappan associates from execution, 18 February 2013
  • Beyond Headlines
    India Set to become Top Five Executioners of the World, 18 February 2013
  • The Sangai Express
    AHRC urges PM to stop execution of Veerappan’s associates, 18 February 2013
  • E-Pao
    AHRC urges PM to stop execution of Veerappan's associates, 18 February 2013
  • msn News
    Prime minister urged to abolish death penalty, 18 February 2013
  • Yahoo News
    Prime minister urged to abolish death penalty, 18 February 2013
  • The Siasat Daily
    Prime minister urged to abolish death penalty, 18 February 2013
  • Manorama online
    AHRC appeals PM to stop execution of Veerappan’s associates, 18 February 2013
  • The Times of India
    India refused 11 recommendations made by UN Human Rights Council on the abolition of death penalty, 16 February 2013
  • News VA
    In ten years 1455 people sentenced to death: Civil society demands to stop the executioner, 15 February 2013
  • The Times of India
    President Pranab Mukherjee may turn down 5 more mercy pleas, 15 February 2013
  • The Times of India
    1,455 death penalties awarded in India since 2001: Report, 15 February 2013
  • The Times of India
    One convict awarded death penalty every three days: Report, 15 February 2013
  • The Hindu
    Stop regressive trend of executions, says Amnesty, 15 February 2013
  • The Shillong Times
    6 death sentences in Meghalaya in 10 years: Report, 15 February 2013
  • Global Post
    India's hanging judge: President lays foundation for flurry of executions, 14 February 2013
  • The Hindustan Times
    Not so rare: One death penalty every third day in India, 14 February 2013
  • India TV
    1,455 death penalties in 10 years, 14 February 2013
  • The New Indian Express
    1,455 death penalties in 10 years, 14 February 2013
  • The Rising Kashmir
    AHRC for abolition of death penalty, 14 February 2013
  • Greater Kashmir
    1,455 death penalties in 10 years, 14 February 2013
  • Yahoo News
    1,455 death penalties in 10 years, 14 February 2013
  • Northeast Today
    1,455 Death Penalties In 10 Years, 14 February 2013
  • The Times of India
    Law has taken its course, says Sheila Dikshit, 11 February 2013
  • Oneindia News
    Two hangings in 3 months worry rights activists, 11 February 2013
  • Newzfirst
    Rethink death punishment: Activists, 9 February 2013
  • Deccan Herald
    Rethink death punishment: Activists, 9 February 2013
  • Daily News
    Two hangings in three months worries activists, 9 February 2013
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    RESEARCH AND CAMPAIGN

    Right to life in the context of death penalty

    ACHR’s submission to the Half Day General Discussion on Article 6 of the UN Human Rights Committee

    09 June 2015

    Arbitrary on all Counts

    Consideration of mercy pleas by President of India
    10 December 2014

    India: Death Without the Right to Appeal

    Award of enhanced punishment of death by the Supreme Court
    26 September 2014

    India: Death Penalty Has No Deterrence

    August 2014

    As on 31st August 2014, President Mukherjee has considered 23 mercy pleas involving 31 death-row convicts out of which only one convict, Atbir was granted mercy. From 2001 to 2012, India considered death penalty of 5,934 convicts (1,552 convicts whose death sentences were confirmed while death sentences of 4,382 convicts were commuted to life imprisonment. Death does not act as deterrent.

    The Case for Abolition of Death Penalty in India

    - ACHR's submission to the Law Commission of India on Capital Punishment -
    May 2014

    Mercy on Trial in India >> HTML / PDF

    22 October 2013

    STATE OF MERCY PLEAS

  • Rashtrapathi Sachivalaya update, 01 September 2014
  • RTI Reply of the Ministry of Home Affairs dated 28.03.2013 about the status of the mercy petitions since 1981
  • ACHR's mercy plea on Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, 18 April 2013
  • ACHR's mercy plea on Holiram Bordoloi
  • ACHR's mercy plea on Krishna Mochi & others
  • ACHR's letter to Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh to stop hanging of Veerapan's associates, 18 February 2013
  • PRESS RELEASES

  • CBI to face legal hurdles for extradition from 158 countries despite Law Commission’s recommendations to apply death penalty only in terror cases, 31 August 2015
  • The right to life of at least 130,407 persons or 1,086 persons per month violated in India during 2004-2005 and 2013-2014, 25 August 2015
  • India imposing death sentences without legal sanction, 08 July 2015
  • India: Call for end to imposition of death penalty by majority view of the judges, 02 June 2015
  • India: Death in the name of conscience, 25 May 2015
  • Commutation of Koli's death sentence a step towards providing timely access to justice to death row convicts, 28 January 2015
  • ACHR calls for establishment of “Advisory Committee on Mercy Petitions”, 10 December 2014
  • Surinder Koli must not be hanged before conclusion of the trial in all Nithari cases, 01 December 2014
  • President Mukherjee rejects 97% of mercy pleas as India gives two death sentences each day, 01 September 2014
  • 414 death row convicts await the gallows in India - Supreme Court urged to consider absolute prohibition of torture, 22 October 2013
  • President Mukherjee urged to Bhullar’s mercy plea in the light of the already set precedence to consider mercy pleas more than once by the President, 18 April 2013
  • Supreme Court’s judgement on Bhullar is an opportunity lost to recognize death row syndrome, 12 April 2013
  • 74% of the mercy petitions were rejected by Presidents of India since 1981 - ACHR condemns arbitrary rejection of mercy pleas of 9 death-row convicts, 04 April 2013
  • 1,455 persons awarded death penalty in India from 2001 to 2011 – one death penalty in less than every third day in India, 14 February 2013