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UN: DRUGS AGENCY REPORT IGNORES GLOBAL DRUG EXECUTION CRISIS

June 23, 2016: A new report by the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) fails to mention the use of the death penalty for drug crimes, despite a surge in executions of alleged drug offenders in countries where the UN agency funds counter-narcotics police.
UNODC unveiled its 2016 World Drug Report on June 23 and warned that the number of drug users has risen worldwide. However, the 174-page document included no reference to the increased number of death sentences and executions in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, says the human rights organisation Reprieve.
While the UNODC's report lamented the number of deaths from drugs overdoses, it made no reference to the 638 alleged drug offenders who were hanged in Iran last year, up from 367 in 2014. UNODC recently announced a new $20 million funding deal for Iranian drug operations, which will support law enforcement training and equipment that has previously been linked to arrests and executions.
Earlier this year, 56 countries, including all 28 EU member states, signed a statement condemning the failure of a UNODC-administered summit to address the death penalty for drug crimes.
The statement also appeared to warn the UNODC over its human rights record, noting the need to "prevent criminal justice or other forms of international assistance resulting in a death sentence being applied, and to hold international agencies to account for compliance with this and all other human rights obligations."
Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve's Death Penalty Team, said: "The UN's World Drug Report completely ignores the global resurgence in the death penalty for drug crimes, which has seen states like Iran and Saudi Arabia execute hundreds of alleged drug offenders.
"This seems all too convenient an omission given that the body which authored the report, the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime, continues to fund Iranian and Pakistani drug raids which routinely send drug mules to death row."
She concluded: "Instead of whitewashing the world's drug executions crisis, UNODC should face up to its human rights responsibilities, and freeze its support for drug police in countries which apply the death penalty for narcotics offenses." (Source: ekklesia.co.uk, 24/06/2016)

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NIGERIA: DELTA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY CANCELS DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPERS
INDONESIA: SUPREME COURT SENTENCES 5 TO DEATH FOR DRUG OFFENSES
MALAYSIA: FRUIT SELLER GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
VIETNAM: 73-YR-OLD AUSSIE WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS
BANGLADESH: ONE SENTENCED TO DEATH, THREE TO LIFE TERM FOR MURDER
MEXICO: ‘EL CHAPO’ EXTRADITION TO US HALTED BY JUDGE OVER DEATH PENALTY FEARS
KUWAIT: GALLOWS FOR THREE INDIANS, WOMAN IN DRUG TRAFFICKING
PAKISTAN: THREE MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BLASPHEMY
BANGLADESH: COUPLE KILLER GETS DEATH SENTENCE IN MYMENSINGH
INDIA: PRESIDENT REJECTS TWO DEATH-SENTENCE PLEAS FROM CONVICTS
CHINA: ZHUHAI COURT SENTENCES 4 DRUG DEALERS TO DEATH
SUDAN: FOUR GUNMEN SENTENCED TO DEATH AND LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN SOUTH DARFUR
OSLO: LAST DAY OF THE 6th WORLD CONGRESS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
SOMALIA: MILITARY COURT SENTENCED AL SHABAAB SYMPATHIZER TO DEATH
NIGERIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING IN KANO
IRAQ: PERPETRATORS OF ERBIL GOVERNORATE ATTACK RECEIVE DEATH SENTENCE
OSLO: THE SECOND DAY OF THE 6TH WORLD CONGRESS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
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TAIWAN ‘MOVING TOWARD’ ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY
OSLO: IT STARTED TODAY THE 6TH WORLD CONGRESS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
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IRAQ: 12 TERROR CONVICTS EXECUTED
CALIFORNIA (USA): CALIFORNIA VOTERS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ABOLISHING THE DEATH PENALTY OR SPEEDING UP EXECUTIONS
EGYPT: MURSI SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN QATAR SPY CASE
SOMALIA: 43 AL SHABAB MILITANTS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN PUNTLAND STATE
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: MILITARY COURT MARTIAL SENTENCES 31 TO DEATH

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