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Procedure : 2013/2640(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B7-0245/2013

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 23/05/2013 - 21.1
CRE 23/05/2013 - 21.1

Votes :

PV 23/05/2013 - 22.2

Texts adopted :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0237/2013

with request for inclusion in the agenda for a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure

on India: The execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru and its implications (2013/2640(RSP))

Marie-Christine Vergiat, Jacky Hénin, Alda Sousa, Marisa Matias, Willy Meyer, Sabine Wils on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on India: The execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru and its implications (2013/2640(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the hearing held by its Committee on Development on 18 December 2006,

– having regard to its resolution of 28 September 2006 on the EU's economic and trade relations with India and Parliament's Human Rights annual resolutions,

– having regard to the European Parliament's Resolution on the human rights situation of the Daltis in India of 2007,

– having regard of the European Parliament's Resolution on place the 9th EU - India City Summit of 2008,

–   having regard to General Recommendation XXIX (descent-based discrimination) adopted by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 22 August 2002 and the 48 measures to be taken by the State Parties,

–   having regard to Rule 122 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas Mohammad Afzal Guru was executed by hanging by the Indian authorities on the 9th of February of 2013 in Tihar Jail, New Delhi;

B.  whereas Mohammad Afzal Guru was sentenced to death in December 2002 after being convicted of conspiracy to attack the Parliament of India, waging war against India and murder on December 2001; tried by a special court designated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which has been repealed in 2004 after serious allegations of its widespread abuse;

C.  whereas Afzal Guru’s death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court in August 2005, and his mercy petition was rejected by the President on 3 February 2013, without the knowledge of his family and not making public the rejection of the mercy petition and date of execution;

D.  whereas this execution is the second in India in three months after an eight-year hiatus;

E.  whereas according to the UN Special Rapporteur on extra judicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2012 mission concluded on India that death penalty is being imposed for a growing number of crimes;

F.  whereas India voted against the resolution adopted at the UN General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) on "Moratorium on the use of the death penalty" on the 21st of November 2012;

G.  whereas extensive demonstrations occurred in the Indian administrated Kashmir after the news of the execution resulting to the death two youths;

H.  whereas the Indian government implied indefinite curfew; suspended all news outlets- TV news channels, newspapers and mobile internet services in Indian administrated Kashmir

I.  whereas Indian administrated Kashmir and Jammu are provided with a special status and autonomy under article 370 of the Indian constitution;

J.  whereas imperialist powers are utilising separatist forces to pressurise India and increase the intervention in the region;

K.  whereas the capitalist restructuring measures of the Indian Government in Kashmir and in all India that are attacking the rights of the working class and peasants has resulted to decrease of the living standards of the people of the Indian administrated Kashmir;



1.  Condemns the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru and calls the Indian government to halt all pending executions; reiterates its condemnation to all executions wherever they take place;

2.  Condemns the selective execution of any person irrespective of the crime that he/she has committed;

3.  Calls the Indian government to respect the human rights of prisoners and to provide necessary legal assistance to all prisoners and persons facing trials;

4.  Calls the Indian Government to put forward an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and to reconsider the 11 recommendations related to the abolition of the death penalty at the May 2012 Universal Periodic Review of United Nations Human Rights Council;

5.  Calls the Indian Government to lift up the curfew and any restriction to the free functioning of the Press in the region;

6.  Condemns the disruptive separatist forces, imperialist interventions and terrorism that are undermining the unity of the Indian people utilising minorities in the region;

7.  Condemns the current and previous Indian governments for undemocratically eroding the Indian Constitution's provisions for autonomy of the Kashmir region and Calls for the restoration of the constitutional guarantees of the autonomy of the Indian administrated Kashmir;

8.  Recognises that Indian administrated Kashmir is an integral part of India and condemns the separation or annexation of the region from any other country;

9.  Calls for the full implementation of the agricultural workers Minimum Wage Act

10.  Notes for the Public Distribution System of basic food products to be strengthened by financial resources and to be available across India;

11.  Reiterates its opposition to all free trade agreements; calls the European Commission to end the negotiations with the Government of India for the creation of Free Trade Agreement between the EU and India;

12.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States, the President, the Government and Parliament of India, the UN Secretary-General.

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