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UN rights body renews call for abolishing death penalty

Update : 24 Nov 2015, 01:02 PM

The UN human rights body has renewed its call to the government of Bangladesh to immediately institute a moratorium on the death penalty and abolish it.

In a statement, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani said: “We renew our call on the government of Bangladesh to immediately institute a moratorium on the death penalty and abolish this inhuman practice altogether."

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The statement came on Tuesday, two days after BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were executed for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

The press briefing note issued from Geneva also stated that the UN opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances, even for the most serious international crimes.

"Since its inception in 2010, the ICT [Tribunal] has delivered 17 verdicts, of which 15 have resulted in the imposition of the death penalty against members of Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladesh National Party (BNP)," she said. "All those convicted were accused of committing crimes against humanity, genocide and other international crimes in 1971."

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“We’ve long warned given the doubts that have been raised about the fairness of trials conducted before the Tribunal, the government of Bangladesh should not implement death penalty sentences,” the spokesperson added.

Similar concerns were expressed by UN human rights experts who, on several occasions, called on the government to halt the executions, she said.

In another press briefing on Monday, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General said: "Secretary‑General opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and has called for those countries that continue to use it to at least initiate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty."

 

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