UN urges Iraqi authorities to adopt a moratorium on executions

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Farhan Haq

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has once again called on the government of Iraq to adopt a moratorium on the death penalty.

This appeal follows confirmation by Iraq's Ministry of Justice on Thursday that 42 people, including a woman, were executed between 8 and 9 October.

According to reports, the people were found guilty on terrorism charges and sentenced to death under Iraq’s counter-terrorism law.

UN spokesperson, Farhan Haq, says the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has expressed concern about the executions.

"The UN Mission reiterates its call on the Government of Iraq to adopt a moratorium on the implementation of all death sentences, pursuant to the relevant UN General Assembly resolutions. It added that the Government should 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. In his recent report to the Security Council on Iraq, the Secretary-General said that he was concerned that Iraq continues to implement the death penalty despite prevailing flaws in its criminal justice system." (27")

Farhan Haq added  that the UN Secretary-General called on the Government of Iraq to halt all executions and conduct an independent review of all death row cases.

The UN chief also urged Iraqi authorities to disclose information on the number and identity of death row prisoners, the charges and judicial proceedings brought against them, and the outcome of these reviews.

Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations.

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