death penalty

Gaza: UN human rights chief urges Hamas to halt executions

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm and disappointment that Hamas has resumed executions in the Gaza Strip, and called on the de facto authorities to abolish the use of the death penalty.

Senior UN official cites evidence of growing support for abolishing death penalty

There is evidence of growing global support for the eventual elimination of the death penalty, a senior United Nations official stated today, while acknowledging that abolishing this practice is a difficult and sensitive process for many societies.

UN rights chief praises Mongolia for halting executions

Mongolia’s leader announced a moratorium on the death penalty today, in a move warmly welcomed by the top United Nations human rights official.