Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:44

UN Envoy deplores the execution of 21 prisoners and calls for immediate suspension of all pending death sentences

Baghdad, 18 April 2013 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, expresses his deep concern that Iraq continues to implement the death penalty; the most recent execution of 21 prisoners took place on 16 April 2013.

“I regret that repeated calls of the United Nations to suspend the implementation of death sentences were not heard. I urge once again the Iraqi government to immediately suspend all pending death sentences and to apply without delay the moratorium on the death penalty, in conformity with General Assembly Resolutions 62/149 (2007), 63/168 (2009), 65/205 (2010) and 67/176 (2012),” he said.

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