Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

T. Kumar, LLM Biography

Title:
Advocacy Director for Asia and the Pacific for Amnesty International USA
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Hindus, not only because they are Hindus, but because they are human beings, should take this particular issue of human rights, namely the death penalty, as a basic issue to fight to abolish the death penalty in this country.”

Interview for Amnesty International’s Faith in Action Online Event, Oct. 12, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Advocacy Director, Asia and the Pacific, Amnesty International USA
  • Lecturer, Foreign Service Institute
  • Professor, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law
  • Judge of Elections, Philadelphia
  • Testified before US Senate, “Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines,” Mar. 14, 2007
  • Testified before US Senate Committee on Finance, “Human Rights in Vietnam,” July 12, 2006
  • Testified before US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, “US-China Relations,” Sep. 11, 2003
  • United Nations Representative, Peace Brigades International
  • Consultant, Quaker United Nations Office
  • Former director, refugee ships and refugee camps
Education:
  • LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Other:
  • Imprisoned for five years in Sri Lanka for human rights activities. Amnesty International adopted him as a Prisoner of Conscience (a non-violent political prisoner).
Quoted in:
  1. Does Hinduism Support the Death Penalty?