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IRAQ: PILLAY CONDEMNS RAMPANT USE OF DEATH PENALTY

April 19, 2013: the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, condemned the 16 April execution of 21 individuals, and said she was appalled by reports that the Ministry of Justice has announced that a further 150 people may be executed in the coming days. She stressed that the justice system in the country was “too seriously flawed to warrant even a limited application of the death penalty, let alone dozens of executions at a time.” “Executing people in batches like this is obscene,” Pillay said. “It is like processing animals in a slaughterhouse. The criminal justice system in Iraq is still not functioning adequately, with numerous convictions based on confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment, a weak judiciary and trial proceedings that fall short of international standards. The application of the death penalty in these circumstances is unconscionable, as any miscarriage of justice as a result of capital punishment cannot be undone.”
The High Commissioner emphasized the need for transparency and stringent respect of due process. She called on the Government “to halt executions, conduct a credible and independent review of all death row cases and disclose information on the number and identity of death row prisoners, the charges and judicial proceedings brought against them, and the outcome of the review of their cases.”
Pillay said she was pleased to note that one part of Iraq – the Kurdistan Region – is already upholding an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty, and urged the central Government to follow suit and heed the repeated calls by the international community to establish a moratorium on all executions with a view to the abolition of the death penalty in accordance with repeated UN General Assembly Resolutions.
“I am the first to argue there must never be impunity for serious crimes. But at least if someone is jailed for life, and it is subsequently discovered there was a miscarriage of justice, he or she can be released and compensated,” Pillay said. (Sources: www.unog.ch, 19/04/2013)

SAUDI ARABIA: SERIAL RAPIST SENTENCED TO DEATH
SOMALIA: PUNTLAND EXECUTES 13 AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS
BELARUS HANDS DOWN FIRST DEATH PENALTY THIS YEAR
IRAN: SIX PEOPLE EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
EGYPT: MAN FREE AFTER 1995 BID TO MURDER MUBARAK
JAPAN: 2 INMATES HANGED, BRINGING NUMBER OF EXECUTIONS TO 5 UNDER ABE
IRAN: EIGHT PRISONERS EXECUTED
GHANA: GOVERNMENT COMMENDED FOR ACCEPTING TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
INDIA: FIVE MURDER CONVICTS AWARDED DEATH SENTENCE IN ARA
SRI LANKA: CALL TO RESOLVE FATE OF 461 SRI LANKA DEATH ROW INMATES
ALGERIA: FIVE JIHADISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
BANGLADESH: MAN EXECUTED FOR KILLING WIFE, CHILD
INDONESIA: MILITARY COURT SENTENCES SOLDIER TO DEATH FOR MURDERING TWO WOMEN
IRAN: FOUR PRISONERS EXECUTED
TAIWAN: ASHTON CONDEMNS EXECUTIONS
INDIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR FAMILY'S MURDER
IRAN: NINE PRISONERS HANGED INCLUDING TWO AFGHANS
TAIWAN: ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY REQUIRES PUBLIC SUPPORT
INDONESIA: SUPREME COURT SENTENCES MALAYSIAN DRUG TRAFFICKER TO DEATH
TAIWAN: SIX DEATH-ROW INMATES EXECUTED
UNITED NATIONS URGES HALT TO IRAQI EXECUTIONS
ZAMBIA: DEATH PENALTY RETAINED IN THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION
SOMALIA: CABINET APPROVES DRAFT OF ANTI-TERRORISM LAW
NIGERIA: DELTA STATE ASSEMBLY APPROVES DEATH SENTENCE FOR KIDNAPPERS
NIGERIA: MAN, 22, TO DIE BY HANGING FOR STEALING N955,600
IRAN: FIVE PRISONERS HANGED IN THREE DIFFERENT PRISONS
AFGHANISTAN: 3 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAQ PUTS 21 TO DEATH IN ONE DAY OVER 'TERROR'
SYRIA: PRESIDENT’S NEW AMNESTY OFFER WAIVES DEATH PENALTY FOR WAR CRIMES
CALIFORNIA (USA): CONFUSED RULES MAY END EXECUTIONS

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