death penalty

Still far too much secrecy surrounding use of death penalty, says senior UN human rights official

A senior United Nations human rights official has stressed the need for greater transparency by countries that still use the death penalty, noting that this is vital for families, who have a right to know the fate of their loved ones, as well as for lawyers so they can provide an effective defence.

Death penalty in Iran applied “for all kinds of crimes”: UN expert

The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of.

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Death penalty states owe families transparency: Guantánamo lawyer

States which practice the death penalty often fail to release basic details of executions, even concealing them from prisoners’ family members.

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UN rights office troubled by accelerated executions in US with expiring drug a factor

The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the executions of four men in the United States state of Arkansas, which were reportedly done within the span of eight days to make use of an expiring lethal injection drug.