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News in Brief 3 May 2019

  • Attacks in DRC continue to terrorize the population: UN refugee agency
  • Iran: execution of child offenders ‘absolutely prohibited’, says UN human rights chief
  • Distribution of ‘super cereal’ suspended by WFP, while tests continue
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UN agencies urge Brunei to repeal new ‘extreme and unjustified’ penal code

New criminal laws in Brunei that impose the death penalty for same-sex relationships, adultery and childbirth out of marriage, “breach international human rights norms”, and should be suspended or repealed said the heads of two United Nations agencies on Thursday.

Brunei’s new penal code would enshrine ‘cruel and inhuman punishments’ UN rights chief warns

Proposed changes to Brunei’s penal code to incorporate punishments under a strict interpretation of Islamic law - including death by stoning - should be halted, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Monday.

United States: UN human rights office welcomes California moratorium on death penalty

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed the signing of an executive order by the Governor of California, in the United States, to impose a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty, which grants a reprieve to 737 inmates, up to end of his term in office.

‘Put an end to the death penalty now’, urges Guterres, marking World Day

Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been “marred by setbacks,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty.

News in Brief 15 December 2017 - Geneva (AM)

South Sudan’s violence is a tragedy for children: UNICEF

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Still far too much secrecy surrounding use of death penalty, says senior UN human rights official

A senior United Nations human rights official has stressed the need for greater transparency by countries that still use the death penalty, noting that this is vital for families, who have a right to know the fate of their loved ones, as well as for lawyers so they can provide an effective defence.

Death penalty in Iran applied “for all kinds of crimes”: UN expert

The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of.

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Death penalty states owe families transparency: Guantánamo lawyer

States which practice the death penalty often fail to release basic details of executions, even concealing them from prisoners’ family members.

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News in brief 28 April (AM)

 Arkansas executions “deeply troubling” says UN human rights office

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