UNAMI Urges Iraq to Halt Executions

By John Lee.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has called on Iraq to halt all executions and commute the sentences of hundreds of people sentenced to death:

UNAMI notes with concern that between 8 and 9 October, 42 people sentenced to death were executed, among them one woman, as confirmed by the Ministry of Justice of Iraq on 10 October.

UNAMI reiterates its call on the Government of Iraq to adopt a moratorium on the implementation of all death sentences, pursuant to UN General Assembly resolutions 62/149 (2007), 63/168 (2009) and 65/205 (2010), and to consider ratifying the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, with a view to the eventual abolition of the death penalty.

(Source: UNAMI)

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