death penalty

UN human rights chief hails end of death penalty in Mongolia

Hailing Mongolia’s recent abolition of the death penalty, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, commended the move as a “welcome step in the fight for the human rights of all.”

‘I will never stop calling for an end to the death penalty,’ Ban vows at launch of new UN publication

Vowing to never stop calling for an end to the death penalty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said studies have proven that those who are poor, mentally disabled, and/or are minorities are at higher risk of receiving the death sentence, regardless of guilt or innocence.

No room for death penalty in 21st century, says UN official, citing decline in support for capital punishment

Ahead of the launch of a new book by the United Nations on the global trend away from the death penalty, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights said today that there has been a decline in the number of countries upholding capital punishment in the last 40 years.

On World Day against Death Penalty, UN says practice deters neither drug crimes nor abuse

The death penalty does not deter drug crimes, nor does it protect people from drug abuse, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, reiterating the world body's ongoing call to abolish the practice altogether, while emphasizing that if used, that it be applied only to the crime of intentional killing.

Independent UN rights experts renew appeal to Pakistan to end death penalty

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today reiterated their call on Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and investigate cases where uncertain age determination processes have resulted in children being sentenced to death.

At event on abolishing death penalty, Ban stresses need to respect rights of victims’ families

As momentum continues to build towards abolishing the death penalty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to ensure that the rights of victims and their families are respected as part of efforts to ensure a life of dignity for all.

UN rights experts applaud steps by China and India to reduce, abolish death penalty

Two independent United Nations human rights experts welcomed today the recommendation to abolish the death penalty by India, as well as the decision to reduce the number of crimes subject to the death penalty by the Chinese authorities.

UN human rights expert condemns executions of 10 people in Chad after swift trial

An independent United Nations human rights expert has condemned the recent executions of 10 people in Chad who were suspected of being members of the terrorist group Boko Haram following a swift process that may not have met international standards.

UN rights experts hail Zambia’s move away from death penalty, flag ‘areas of concern’ elsewhere in Africa

The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Christof Heyns, and on torture, Juan E. Méndez, welcomed Zambian President Edgar Lungui’s decision to commute death sentences of 332 people to life imprisonment, and encouraged the authorities “to take a step further by removing all reference to the death penalty in the country’s laws.”

UN rights chief urges Pakistan Government to reintroduce death penalty moratorium

The top United Nations human rights official has urged the Government of Pakistan to reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty amid a sharp uptick in the number of executions in the country, the Organization’s human rights office reported today.