death penalty

UN voices ‘deep dismay’ over execution of Sri Lankan woman in Saudi Arabia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN independent experts and the world body’s human rights office today voiced their dismay over the execution of a young Sri Lankan domestic worker, Rizana Nafeek, in Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

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.

Teenager’s execution prompts UN call for halt to death penalty in Iran

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has condemned the execution of a teenager carried out yesterday by Iranian authorities, and called once again for an immediate halt to the country’s use of the death penalty.

Gaza: UN human rights chief urges Hamas to halt executions

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm and disappointment that Hamas has resumed executions in the Gaza Strip, and called on the de facto authorities to abolish the use of the death penalty.

Senior UN official cites evidence of growing support for abolishing death penalty

There is evidence of growing global support for the eventual elimination of the death penalty, a senior United Nations official stated today, while acknowledging that abolishing this practice is a difficult and sensitive process for many societies.

UN rights chief praises Mongolia for halting executions

Mongolia’s leader announced a moratorium on the death penalty today, in a move warmly welcomed by the top United Nations human rights official.