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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 that there has been a decline in the number of countries upholding capital punishment in the last 40 years. Continue reading

Human Rights Council Adopts 16 texts, including on Sri-Lanka, Syria, and the Death Penalty

The Human Rights Council today adopted 16 texts on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, the grave and deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, the death penalty, and on human rights and unilateral coercive measures, among others. Continue reading

United Nations and the abolition of the death penalty

UN Photo of prison by Martine PerretUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remark that “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.” reflects the global trend away from capital punishment. More and more Member States from all regions acknowledge that the death penalty undermines human dignity, and that its abolition, or at least a moratorium on its use, contributes to Continue reading

UN urges Indonesia not to execute 10 people on death row

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardThe Secretary-General appealed today to the Government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the execution, as announced, of ten prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes. According to a statement released today by his Spokesperson, the Secretary-General recalled that under international law, if the death penalty is to be used at all, it Continue reading

No evidence death penalty deters any crime

Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréDespite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human rights official said today at a high-level debate in Geneva, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied to the poor and marginalized foot soldiers” rather than the powerful organizers of the Continue reading

UN human rights office regrets Papua New Guinea’s decision to resume death penalty

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN PhotoThe UN human rights office said that Papua New Guinea had taken “a step backwards” with legislative action towards resuming the use of the death penalty. The country has maintained a long-standing de facto moratorium since 1954 which was subsequently passed into law in 1970. However, amendments to the Criminal Code passed by  Continue reading