UN Human rights agency calls for a halt to executions in Vietnam

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Cécile Pouilly

The United Nations human rights agency says that it's dismayed that Vietnam has resumed the death penalty with the execution of a 27 year old man by lethal injection early this week.

State media reports say that convicted murderer Nguyen Anh Tuan was put to death on Tuesday in a prison in Hanoi, the first criminal to be killed in this way since Vietnam switched from firing squads to lethal injections in 2011.

Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the Vietnamese government is being asked to stop executions immediately.

"Some 18 months after the last execution is reported to have taken place this resumption represents a major setback in Viet Nam's human rights record. We are also deeply concerned at some 116 death row prisoners who have now exhausted their appeals and face imminent execution. 'We urge the government not to carry out further executions and to join the growing number of member states that have established a moratorium on the death penalty or abolished this practice altogether." (33")

Cécile Pouilly says that 19 states in the Asia and Pacific region are among those that have established a moratorium or abolished the death penalty altogether.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'27"

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