Iraq executes 42 people in two days, 400 others on death row

Listen /

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

Iraq has executed 42 individuals, including one woman over the past two days, according to the UN Human Rights Office(OHCHR).

The executions took place after the accused were found guilty on terrorism charges.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the large-scale executions were not only obscene and inhumane, but most probably in contravention of international law.

Ms. Pillay says the assertion by the government of Iraq that the death penalty was a being used as means to deter acts of terrorism was a fallacy given the soaring civilian death toll in the country.

At least 5,740 civilians were killed from January to September this year, which is almost double the number killed in 2012.

Rupert Colville is the Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office.

"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has repeatedly stressed, after earlier mass executions in 2012 and 2013, that the justice system in Iraq is "too seriously flawed to warrant even a limited application of the death penalty, let alone dozens of executions at a time." Large-scale executions of the sort that have been carried out on a number of occasions over the past two years in Iraq are not only obscene and inhuman, they are most probably in contravention of international law. They are also undermining efforts to build a more stable, less violent society in Iraq. The mass execution carried out over the past two days is particularly perverse given that yesterday was World Day Against the Death Penalty."

The UN Human Rights Office says more than 348 people are on record as having been executed in Iraq since 2010, with over 400 other individuals on death row.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

Duration 1:45″

Filed under Today's News.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...




November 2017
« Oct