Suspension of five death sentences in Afghanistan requested by OHCHR

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Photo/Mark Garten

The President of Afghanistan has been asked once again by the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) to suspend the death sentences of five men.

The men are scheduled to be executed on Wednesday in Paghman, near Kabul.

On 29 September, the UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein wrote to the newly appointed Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, to request time for a judicial review and re-consideration of the five cases.

OHCHR says the legal process leading to these convictions did not comply with national and international fair trial standards.

Rupert Colville is spokesperson for OHCHR.

“We have received credible allegations that the convicted men were ill-treated while in pre-trial detention, they were denied adequate legal representation, and during the legal proceedings the legal basis for the prosecution not even fully clear.”  13″

Mr Colville added there is no question the crimes committed by these men are appalling.

They include armed robbery, kidnapping and gang rape.

The United Nations opposes the death penalty in all circumstances.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’09″

 

 

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