Secretary-General calls for an end to the death penalty

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More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

Countries which still uphold the death penalty are being urged to join the global coalition to end to this practice.

The call comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in New York on Friday at a high-level panel organized by the UN Human Rights office.

"We have a duty to prevent innocent people from paying the ultimate price for miscarriages of justice. The most sensible way is to end the death penalty."

The panel also heard from Damien Echols, an innocent man who spent 18 years behind bars.

Echols and two other men, all of whom were teenagers at the time, were convicted of the murder of three boys in 1993.

Their story is told in the documentary film 'West of Memphis,' which was screened at the UN this week.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 49″

 

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