Schona Jolly will be speaking at a seminar organised by the Bar Human Rights Committee.
The seminar will look at the immediate risk of execution of Professor Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar in India which has renewed concerns among the international community over the use of capital punishment.
Professor Bhullar was convicted of involvement in the bombing of the All Indian Youth Congress in New Delhi and sentenced to death in 2001 under the now repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act 1985 (“TADA”). The BHRC has recently released an Open Letter addressed to Indian authorities drawing attention to breaches of fair trial process and concerns over Professor Bhullar’s mental health [see letter]. Specifically, the BHRC manifested concern over a “confession” induced by torture and lack of supporting evidence. Professor Bhullar’s mental health now has deteriorated to the point where the death penalty is unlawful in Indian domestic law and international law.
The seminar will spotlight Professor Bhullar’s case, explore the strength of international law and consider the broader issue of capital punishment.
* Followed by a reception.
Schona Jolly, Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) & barrister at Cloisters. Saul Lehrfreund MBE, Death Penalty Project.Peter Tatchell, Peter Tatchell Foundation. Chiara Sangiorgio, Campaigner-Death Penalty. Amnesty International.
Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chairwoman – Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) & barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.
The seminar will take place 31st July at 53-54 Doughty St, London, WC1N 2LS from 6pm until 8pm. Please RSVP