death penalty

On World Day against Death Penalty, Ban says practice 'has no place in the 21st century'

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the death penalty a cruel and inhumane practice – one that 65 countries globally retain for terrorism-related offenses – which is the focus of this year's World Day against the Death Penalty.

Sharing information key to ending the death penalty

Disseminating information about the death penalty is the best way to get countries to abolish the practice, according to a senior UN official.

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UN human rights official underscores effects of death penalty on range of victims

Capital punishment affects an array of people, including convicted persons, the family members of both victims and perpetrators, and even people involved in criminal proceedings and executions, a senior United Nations human rights official declared today, as the world body launched a publication on the issue.

UN rights chief urges Maldives to retain decades-long death penalty moratorium

Voicing concern over a number of worrying developments regarding capital punishment in the Maldives, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the Government to refrain from carrying out planned executions and to uphold the de facto moratorium that has been in place in the country for over six decades.

UN human rights chief deplores mass executions in Iran

The United Nations human rights chief today deplored the execution of 20 people in Iran this week for purported terrorism-related offences.

Plea to Indonesia as 14 await "imminent" execution

Fourteen people reportedly face imminent execution in Indonesia, the majority for drug crimes, the UN’s top human rights official said Wednesday.

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UN rights office 'deeply concerned' about possible imminent executions in Gaza

Expressing concern about possible imminent executions in Gaza, the United Nations human rights office today urged the authorities in Gaza to uphold their obligations to respect the rights to life and to a fair trial and not carry out death penalty.

UN human rights experts urge Singapore not to execute Malaysian national

Two United Nations human rights experts on summary executions and on torture today urged the Government of Singapore not to carry out the execution of Kho Jabing, a Malaysian national who was sentenced to death in 2010 after being found guilty of unintentional murder.

Belarus: execution shows ‘callous disdain’ for international human rights law – UN experts

United Nations human rights experts today condemned Belarus’ continued use of the death penalty following reports that a man whose complaint was before the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) had been executed, despite a specific request from the Committee for a stay of execution.

UN regrets execution of six people in Afghanistan

The United Nations human rights arm has expressed regret over the execution of six people in Afghanistan on Sunday, amid serious concerns about compliance with fair trial standards, and reports about the widespread use of torture and ill-treatment as a means of extracting confessions.