November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Christina Alam
A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights. In his report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns raised a number of serious concerns ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns urged Mexico to conduct full and impartial investigations into the killings on June 30 in the village of Cuadrilla Nueva, Tlataya, State of Mexico, during a military operation against alleged criminals. ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the ...[read more]
August 6, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Several UN human rights experts Monday decried the human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), stating that abuses of power are common and urging authorities to take immediate action to end violations. The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, ...[read more]
June 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Wednesday condemned the Nigerian government for the alleged execution of four men in the State of Edo. Heyns voiced his concern "that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without due process ...[read more]
May 30, 2013
by Endia Vereen
Then UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Thursday urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to impose a moratorium on lethal autonomous robotics (LAR's), also known as "killer robots." A key concern to Heyns is whether future weapons systems ...[read more]
May 4, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns urged Mexico's Government on Friday to increase protections for human rights, particularly reducing the need to use force and reducing the military's involvement in policing. Heyns stated that establishing ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Christof Heyns on Monday urged the Indonesian government to restrict the use of capital punishment to comply with their international human rights obligations. On March 14, Malawian national Adami Wilson was executed by firing squad after being ...[read more]
December 1, 2012
by Max Slater
A UN human rights expert declared on Friday that while Turkey has made progress in cracking down on extrajudicial killings, it still has a long way to go in remedying the problem. At the end of his official visit to Turkey, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions ...[read more]

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