Death penalty sentences on the rise, fuelled by terrorism threats

ASG Simonovic speaks to the press. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file)

The threat of terrorism is motivating some countries to reintroduce the death penalty after having suspended it, according to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Ivan Šimonović said Yemen and Pakistan are examples of nations that recently decided to bring the death penalty back.

The UN continues to insist that capital punishment does not serve as a deterrent to crimes and has no place in the 21st century.

Mr Šimonović is currently in Doha, Qatar, attending the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Elena Vapnitchnaia spoke with him and began by asking about the connection between the death penalty and terrorism.

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