World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Nigeria:Death Penalty Moratorium Broken, Potential Execution

UN Expert Urges Halt to Potential Execution of Nigerian after Death Penalty Moratorium Broken

New York, Jun 26 2013 - Warning that a prisoner in Nigeria is in imminent danger, an independent United Nations expert is today urging a stop to his possible execution just days after the country broke its seven year moratorium on the death penalty and apparently executed four prisoners.

"These executions undermine previous trends towards abolishing, in law and practice, the death penalty in the country," UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, said in a statement.

"I am concerned that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without due process safeguards in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria acceded to on 29 July 1993," the Special Rapporteur underscored.

He added that without full respect for due process guarantees, capital punishment constitutes a summary or arbitrary execution.

The independent UN expert also noted that the Government of Nigeria had in 2009 reaffirmed its commitment to a de facto moratorium on the death penalty when the situation of human rights in the country was studied under the UN Universal Periodic Review.

The Geneva-based Council's Periodic Review subjects each country's human rights record to a State-led peer examination on the basis of information submitted by the country concerned, UN entities, civil society and other stakeholders.

"I call on the Government of Nigeria to refrain from executing further individuals and to return to the moratorium on the use of death penalty in the country," Mr. Heyns said.

Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>

Werewolf: The Maverick On Moloka’i

Monday, April 17 was Moloka’i’s turn for some face-to-face time with Tulsi Gabbard, who is part Samoan and part haole (pakeha), a practising Hindu, and a Middle East combat veteran. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>

ALSO:

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO: