death penalty

UN rights experts alarmed at resumption of death penalty by States for terrorist acts

As Pakistan lifted a six-year moratorium on use of the death penalty following the recent terrorist attack in Peshawar, United Nations human rights experts today warned against rescinding such suspensions and stressed the risks of overusing capital punishment for terrorist acts.

UN rights chief urges return to moratorium as executions resume in Pakistan, Jordan

The top United Nations official on human rights issues voiced “deep regret” today over the resumption of executions in Pakistan and Jordan at a time when the international community is increasingly turning away from the use of the death penalty.

UN marks World Day against Death Penalty with strong calls to end ‘cruel practice’

The continuing application of the death penalty is a “cruel practice” that undermines human dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he urged Member States to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and impose moratoriums on executions.

World must continue to strive for abolition of death penalty, says senior UN official

As long as the death penalty exists, there will be a need to advocate against it, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, declared today at the launch of a new United Nations publication aimed at raising awareness on the abolition of capital punishment.

At high-level event, UN officials call for end to death penalty

The continuing application of capital punishment is a “primitive” practice which has no place in the 21st century, United Nations officials declared today, as they pressed global leaders to set course towards abolishing the death penalty and advancing a more progressive judicial agenda in their respective States.

UN welcomes Chinese court decision to overturn death sentence of abuse victim

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the news that a Chinese court has recently overturned the death sentence imposed on Li Yan, who killed her abusive husband, Tan Yong, in 2010.

Outraged UN rights experts call for end to death penalty in Iran

A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed outrage at the recent executions of two prisoners in Iran, and urged the Government to institute a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing it all together.

UN rights office welcomes new US Supreme Court death penalty ruling

Citing a new ruling issued by the United States Supreme Court, the United Nations human rights office today touted this latest development as a watershed moment in the country’s rulings regarding the use of the death penalty against people with mental and intellectual disabilities.

UN rights office deeply concerned over Sudanese woman facing death for apostasy

The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep concern about the situation of Meriam Ibrahim, the pregnant Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and to death by a Sudanese court for apostasy and adultery.

UN rights office calls on US to impose death penalty moratorium after botched execution

The suffering of United States inmate Clayton Lockett during his execution in Oklahoma on 29 April could amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment according to international human rights law, the United Nations said today, calling on the US authorities to impose an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty.