They Demand More Humane Treatment In Executions

Posted On 30 Apr 2014
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The execution by lethal injection Clayton Lockett has generated a lot of controversy about this method.

Complications in applying the death penalty prisoner Clayton Lockett, who died of a heart attack 43 minutes after receiving a lethal injection in Oklahoma, generated a call from Human Rights Watch to prevent such executions are repeated.

“It‚Äôs another example of cruelty and barbarism in the United States. Human Rights Watch has called on the state of Oklahoma to finish such executions,” said Antonio, director of Human Rights Watch advocacy in Washington.

Authorities found “failure of intravenous” injected the individual drugs and concluded that “did not enter the system” vein.

Minutes after injection began suffering could be seen as the condemned, he was very agitated, with trembling body, shrugging run the table and emitting grunts and unintelligible words, according to local press.

“Experimenting on people with different methods of lethal injection is cruel and inhumane and should not be followed,” adds Ginatta.

To tell Ginatta, Human Rights Watch has lobbied at the state and federal level on legislatures to abolish that starts the death penalty in the states. “The death penalty is cruel and should be stopped,” says Ginatta.

Second execution postponed.

Oklahoma was scheduled for Tuesday night their first double execution, but had to be canceled by the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Robert Patton.

Patton then ordered the postponement until within 14 days of the other execution, which was expected to occur two hours after the first, that of Charles Warner, 46, blamed for the murder of an 11 month old baby.

For his part, Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin has asked the Correctional Department conduct a complete review of the enforcement procedures to determine what happened and why there were problems in implementing Lockett.

Demand Transparency in executions

Lockett lawyers and Warner sued the state for not having received information about where the state had acquired the drugs or evidence that these drugs were safe.

“After refusing for weeks to give basic details about the drugs used in lethal injection procedures tonight, Clayton Lockett was tortured to death,” immediately denounced Madeline Cohen, a lawyer for Warner.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has also called for a full investigation into the implementation of Lockett and an immediate moratorium on all executions pending the outcome of the investigation.

“In the rush to Oklahoma to bring it just a scientific experiment on two men shielded by a secret process, our state has been dishonored before the nation and the world,” he said in a statement Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma.

According to Kiesel, there are serious concerns about the lethal injection process to the increase of failed executions with questionable drugs from questionable sources.

“This could lead to a halt until states can demonstrate that they can do so without problems,” he told the Reuters Richard Dieter, executive director of the Center for Information on the Death Penalty, which oversees the death penalty in USA.

According to Dieter, Lockett case could be a watershed in the debate on the death penalty.

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