death penalty

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.