No no no. Daniel Pearl was murdered. When a murder is state sanctioned, that's called an execution. See the difference? Good. Neither do I.
The entire issue of capital punishment is something people like to think of in happy abstracts, where Bad Guys get cleanly Done Away With, and the grisly reality of taking people's lives away (no matter how much we might not like them) by lethal injection or whatever gets ignored.
On this day in 2000, Russian national Dmitry (or Dmitri) Chikunov was secretly put to death in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for the murder of two men..
His mother, who had been shooed away from the prison on a previous visit with a demand that she come back later, only learned of the execution when she attempted to visit him two days later. She has never learned where he was buried.
However, Tamara Chikunova turned out to be the type to turn grief into action.
She became a prominent human rights and anti-death penalty activist in Uzbekistan (and globally); her Mothers Against the Death Penalty and Torture organization was troublesome enough that the government blocked one of its conferences in 2003.
Well, Gandhi said it — “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” On January 1, 2008, Uzbekistan abolished the death penalty.
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