death penalty

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.

Death penalty is not the solution to drug trafficking

The death penalty has proven to be ineffective overall at reducing illegal drug trafficking.

That’s according to Kasia Malinowska, Director of the Global Drug Policy program for Open Society Foundations.

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UN rights office expresses concern about death sentences in Bangladesh

The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about the latest death sentences handed down against two leaders of an opposition party by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal, noting the court's practices have not met international standards of fair trial and due process.

Iran’s execution of juvenile offenders draws concern of UN rights expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today raised continuing serious concerns about the extremely high rate of executions, especially for juvenile offenders, and fundamental flaws in the administration of justice in Iran.

UN human rights chief hails end of death penalty in Mongolia

Hailing Mongolia’s recent abolition of the death penalty, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, commended the move as a “welcome step in the fight for the human rights of all.”

Nations should protect the innocent, and abolish death penalty

Countries around the world have a duty to protect the innocent and abolish the death penalty.

That was the message brought to the heart of the UN by Kirk Bloodsworth this week.

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‘I will never stop calling for an end to the death penalty,’ Ban vows at launch of new UN publication

Vowing to never stop calling for an end to the death penalty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said studies have proven that those who are poor, mentally disabled, and/or are minorities are at higher risk of receiving the death sentence, regardless of guilt or innocence.

No room for death penalty in 21st century, says UN official, citing decline in support for capital punishment

Ahead of the launch of a new book by the United Nations on the global trend away from the death penalty, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights said today that there has been a decline in the number of countries upholding capital punishment in the last 40 years.

More protection needed for foreign nationals facing death penalty

Countries should do more to protect their citizens facing the death penalty abroad. That’s according to a new report released by the UN’s top expert on executions.

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