‘Death penalty has no place in 21st century,’ declares UN chief

The death penalty has no place in the 21st century, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, calling on all States take concrete steps towards abolishing or no longer practicing this form of punishment.

Independent UN human rights expert urges Indonesia to halt executions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Indonesian Government to restrict the use of the death penalty, following the recent reported execution of a man convicted on drug charges.

UN human rights experts urge Bangladesh to ensure fair trials for past crimes

Two independent United Nations human rights experts today stressed that justice for past crimes in Bangladesh requires fair trials, after voicing concern at recent sentences, including the death penalty, handed down in cases that did not ensure due process.

Amid recent spate of executions, UN calls for end to capital punishment

The United Nations agency tasked with defending human rights voiced renewed concern today over the sudden spate of executions in countries around the world following the recent use of capital punishment in Gambia, Iraq, and South Sudan.

Liberia death penalty violates international law, says UN human rights body

The United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed deep concern today at new death penalty legislation authorized by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, contravening an international treaty on civil and political rights.

Guatemala: UN rights expert warns against reinstating death penalty

An independent United Nations expert has called on Guatemalan lawmakers not to override the presidential veto of a decree that would reinstate the death penalty in a way that violates international human rights law.

Countries retaining death penalty fail to give details of executions, UN says

Despite calls to countries retaining capital punishment to be transparent about their executions, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's latest report on the use of the death penalty worldwide laments the absence of a full accounting for death sentences and their consequences.

UN's top human rights official welcomes deferment of execution in Philippines

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today hailed the Government of the Philippines for deferring the execution of a convict who would have been the country's first prisoner to be put to death since 1999.

UN rights official welcomes US opposition to death penalty for mentally disabled

The top United Nations human rights official today welcomed United States President George W. Bush's recent statement that the death penalty should never be applied to any individual who is 'mentally retarded.'