death penalty

UN rights chief makes last-minute appeal to halt execution of Bangladeshi politician

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today called for an eleventh-hour stay of execution for Abdul Quader Mollah, a Bangladeshi politician convicted of war crimes in a trial that did not meet international standards for imposition of the death penalty.

Amid fair trial concerns, UN experts urge Bangladesh to halt impending execution

Two independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Bangladeshi Government to halt the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, whose death sentence could be carried out as early as tomorrow, amid concerns that he did not receive a fair trial.

South Sudan: UN urges death penalty moratorium following reported executions

The United Nations human rights office today called on authorities in South Sudan to stop the use of the death penalty, stressing that the country’s nascent judicial system may not have ensured fair trials for the more than 200 people on death row.

Belarus: UN expert calls for end to executions after recent court rulings

A United Nations independent expert today appealed to authorities in Belarus to start an immediate moratorium on executions, following recent court rulings upholding several death sentences.

Citing serious concerns, UN human rights chief urges Hamas to halt Gaza executions

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip not to carry out planned executions, saying she is concerned about the process by which death sentences are imposed there.

Resumption of death penalty ‘major setback’ for human rights in Viet Nam – UN

The United Nations human rights office today said that the resumption of the death penalty in Viet Nam represents a “major setback” in the country’s human rights record.

Ban urges countries to abolish death penalty, increase transparency surrounding procedure

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged United Nations Member States to move towards the abolition of the death penalty, and called on countries where the procedure is still practiced to increase transparency to allow a serious debate on capital punishment.

UN expert urges halt to potential execution of Nigerian after death penalty moratorium broken

Warning that a prisoner in Nigeria is in imminent danger, an independent United Nations expert is today urging a stop to his possible execution just days after the country broke its seven year moratorium on the death penalty and apparently executed four prisoners.

Ban voices concern at continued use of death penalty by some States

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the growing momentum against capital punishment, while voicing concern that a small number of States continue to impose the death penalty, often in violation of international standards.

UN human rights office regrets Papua New Guinea’s decision to resume death penalty

The United Nations human rights office today said that Papua New Guinea had taken “a step backwards” with legislative action towards resuming the use of the death penalty.