Tag Archives: ICCPR

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

Australia’s detention of 46 refugees ‘cruel and degrading’

Villawood Immigration Detention Centre outside Sydney, Australia. Photo: IRINAustralia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases. The Geneva-based Human Rights Committee said Australia should release the Continue reading

UN comments on mass surveillance programmes

Wide view of the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council. 27 May 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandIn response to a question about mass surveillance programmes and human rights, the UN human rights body (OHCHR) has replied that of relevance to the current debates on methods of mass surveillance, is article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)*. This prohibits States from interfering with the privacy Continue reading