Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Iraq: Urgent Need for Death Penalty Moratorium

23 New Executions and At Least 119 So Far in 2012

"(Beirut) – Serious questions about whether Iraq’s justice system meets international fair trial standards highlight the urgent need for a moratorium on capital punishment.

The Iraqi authorities executed six prisoners with no prior notice on October 4, 2012, eleven prisoners on October 7, and another six prisoners on October 8. According to a statement released by Justice Ministry officials on October 8, Iraq has executed 23 people convicted of “criminal and terrorist offenses” since October 4, bringing the total as of Monday’s executions to 119 and making the country a leading user of the death penalty in the region......"

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