UN rights chief urges Hamas to end executions in Gaza G. Redd at 10:34 AM ET
[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday urged Hamas [BBC backgrounder] to halt all executions [press release] in the Gaza strip [BBC backgrounder]. According to the UN, the attorney general in Gaza announced that those executions stayed for Ramadan would recommence at the end of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Pillay objected to these executions based on the civil unrest in the region, which she believes makes it impossible for a fair trial to take place:
One absolute requirement is that the death penalty can only be imposed after a fair trial. This is currently not possible in Gaza, neither legally nor practically. ... Serious concerns have also been raised about ill-treatment and torture during interrogations of persons later sentenced to death. ... Therefore I repeat my appeal to the de facto authorities in Gaza to implement a moratorium on executions and to fully uphold and promote the right to life.
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