Nations should protect the innocent, and abolish death penalty

Launch of the book “Moving Away from the Death Penalty: Arguments, Trends and Perspectives”. From left to right: Italian Ambassador to the UN Sebastiano Cardi; Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person to be sentenced to death and then subsequently exonerated by DNA evidence. UN Radio Photo/Matthew Wells

Countries around the world have a duty to protect the innocent and abolish the death penalty.

That was the message brought to the heart of the UN by Kirk Bloodsworth this week.

On death row for two years, he was the first prisoner to be exonerated thanks to DNA evidence, more than 20 years ago.

He was joined by a host of top officials and diplomats at UN headquarters in New York for the launch of a new edition of the book “Moving Away from the Death Penalty.”

Matthew Wells was there.

Duration: 3'42″

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