That this House welcomes the decision of Her Excellency President Patil of India to postpone the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana, and very much hopes that the process to execute him will not be re-started; considers the use of the death penalty to be a cruel and inhumane punishment; is encouraged to see both that there hasbeen a moratorium on theuse of the death penalty in India since 2004, and also that more countries are moving towards its abolition; believes that because of the strong ties between Britain and India it is suitable to express this request to the Indian Parliament; and hopes that the Indian Parliament will see fit to ask Her Excellency President Patil to exercise her prerogative of mercy on Balwant Singh Rajoana and all others on death row who face such an uncertain fate.

Parliamentary Early Day Motion: http://www.edms.org.uk/2012-13/391.htm

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