The Civil Rights Movement of Sri Lanka is reiterating its appeal for the abolition of the death penalty. Suriya Wickremasinghe the secretary of the Civil Rights Movement of Sri Lanka stated that all concerned parties should consider most carefully the major reasons why we find the re-introduction of the hangman to the public life of the country unacceptable under any circumstances.
Citing the fact that the government of Sri Lanka is one of the signatories to the United Nations, on two most recent occasions in 2007 and 2008, calling for a moratorium on executions as a step towards abolishing the death penalty completely, Mr. Wickramasinghe said that this is only an additional reason why the executions should not be resumed.
In December 2008 Sri Lanka voted with 106 other states on a resolution to reaffirm the previous call to “establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty” which was sponsored by 86 states.
The Civil Rights Movement believes that the vote exhibits a world wide trend on the abolition of the death penalty which should be taken into consideration in making a decision in the Sri Lankan case as well.