executions

Iran must halt execution of Kurdish prisoner: UN rights experts 

The imminent execution of an Iranian Kurdish prisoner must be halted and his death sentence repealed, UN-appointed independent human rights experts said on Friday. 

News in Brief 22 April 2020

  • COVID-19 will only give brief respite to climate crisis
  • Planet hotter than ever: UN weather agency on Earth Day
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UN rights chief ‘strongly’ condemns ‘shocking’ mass executions in Saudi Arabia

Despite repeated appeals by the United Nations human rights system, Saudi Arabia’s decision to go ahead with the beheading of 37 men, drew strong condemnation on Wednesday from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

People of Burundi are living in fear, says rights investigator

One third of Burundi’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance amid ongoing and dire human rights violations there including summary executions according to Francoise Hampson, member of the UN Commission of Inquiry. Ms. Hampson spoke to UN News's Daniel Johnson after the publication of the panel’s latest report into the Great Lakes country.

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'The death penalty has no place in the 21st century' – UN chief Guterres

The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on all countries which have not forbidden the extreme practice to urgently stop executions.

More than 800 journalists killed in past decade, UN panel hears

Information, and the pursuit of it, is becoming more and more dangerous with over 800 journalists killed in the past decade alone.

That’s one of the headlines to emerge from a panel discussion on the safety of journalists working in the field held at UN Headquarters in New York.

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UN human rights chief welcomes Pfizer's decision to bar use of its drugs in executions

The United Nations human rights chief today warmly welcomed the initiatives announced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer to ensure that the drugs it produces will not be used by States to carry out executions by lethal injection.

UN officials 'deeply dismayed' by Saudi executions, urge commuting all death sentences

Top United Nations officials have expressed deep dismay and regret over yesterday's executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country's authorities to commute all death sentences.

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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UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to immediately halt child executions

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Saudi Arabian Government to stop the imminent execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, convicted for a crime he allegedly committed as a child.