UN / GUTERRES DEATH PENALTY

10-Oct-2017 00:01:46
Secretary-General António Guterres today spoke at an event to mark the World Day Against the Death Penalty and said that this barbaric practice has no place in the 21st century, and called on countries who continue to use it to stop executions. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES DEATH PENALTY
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DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

10 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom out, Guterres speaking with French ambassador
3. Med shot, attendants
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I want to make a plea to all States that continue this barbaric practice: Please stop the executions. The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In 2016, executions worldwide were down 37 per cent from 2015. Today just four countries are responsible for 87 per cent of all recorded executions. But at the same time, we are concerned by the trend of reversing long-standing moratoria on the death penalty, in cases related to terrorism. And those countries that do continue executions also have international obligations. In many cases, they are failing to meet them.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Full and accurate data is vital to policy-makers, civil society and the general public. It is fundamental to the debate around the death penalty and its impact. Secrecy around executions undermines that debate, and obstructs efforts to safeguard the right to life. Today, on the World Day Against the Death Penalty, I reaffirm my opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances. I invite all those states that have abolished the death penalty to support our call on the leaders of those that retain it, to establish an official moratorium, with a view to abolition as soon as possible.”
9. Various shots, meeting
STORYLINE
Secretary-General António Guterres today (10 Oct) spoke at an event to mark the World Day Against the Death Penalty and said that this barbaric practice has no place in the 21st century, and called on countries who continue to use it to stop executions.

He praised the progress that has been made so far, with some 170 countries having either abolished or stopped using the death penalty. However, he also warned that in many countries, governments conceal executions and enforce an elaborate system of secrecy to hide who is on death row and why, and he said that this lack of transparency shows a lack of respect for the human rights of those sentenced to death and their families. Full and accurate data is vital to policy-makers and the general public, and is fundamental to the debate around the death penalty and its impacts.

The UN chief stressed, “I reaffirm my opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances. I invite all those states that have abolished the death penalty to support our call on the leaders of those that retain it, to establish an official moratorium, with a view to abolition as soon as possible.”
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