death penalty

Ban welcomes General Assembly committee’s record vote on death penalty moratorium

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes a record vote by a General Assembly committee in favour of the call for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, according to his spokesperson.

UN chief applauds French Government for anti-death penalty initiative

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a new global initiative launched by the French Government to curb the use of the death penalty around the world.

Independent UN human rights expert urges Gambia to halt stream of executions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today strongly condemned the recent execution of nine people in the Gambia, and called on the Government to refrain from executing an additional 39 people reported to be on death row.

UN welcomes abolition of death penalty in US state of Connecticut

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed a new law in the state of Connecticut, in the United States, that abolishes the death penalty and urged other states to follow suit.