Death penalty should be abolished worldwide: UN chief

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The death penalty has no place in the 21st century and should be abolished, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon delivered this message on the occasion of World Day Against the Death Penalty, marked every 10 October.

He said the death penalty fails to deter crimes more than other punishments.

Its abolition, he says, contributes to human rights.

The taking of life is too irreversible for one person to inflict on another. We must continue arguing strongly that the death penalty is unjust and incompatible with fundamental human rights.

Mr Ban is urging leaders where the death penalty is still used to commute or pardon death sentences, and to impose moratoriums on executions.

He added that the UN will continue working to end this cruel punishment.

More than two thirds of the world's countries have reportedly abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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