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Amnesty International welcomes UN Secretary-General's statement on the death penalty

11 Jan 2007
[International Secretariat]
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Topic: Abolition of the Death Penalty
Amnesty International welcomes the new UN Secretary-General's statement today encouraging the growing trend to phase out the death penalty, to frame this important issue in human rights terms, to comply with international human rights law and to call for restraint in executions in Iraq. This is a positive step in the fight against the death penalty.
"We now look forward to working with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to achieve woldwide abolition." Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty International's Representative at the UN said. "We also hope that all UN organs and agencies will now take concrete steps to encourage that the death enalty will be abolished everywhere".

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

11 January 2007
AI Index: IOR 61/001/2007

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