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Marking the 20th World Day Against the Death Penalty, two UN-appointed independent human rights experts on Monday issued a statement recalling that under international law, capital punishment is permitted only “in very limited circumstances”.
Allegations of grave human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should face a high-level international probe, the UN Human Rights chief said on Wednesday.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s announcement at the Human Rights Council in Geneva follows the discovery of new mass graves there.
Elsewhere in Africa, Zeid condemned horrific violence in South Sudan, reports of state-led enforced disappearances and torture in Burundi and “brutal oppression” in Mali.
Daniel Johnson has more.