NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the death penalty is a crime and it has no place in the 21st Century.
Guterres also urged all countries, which have not forbidden the extreme practice, to urgently stop executions.
“The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, he said while speaking alongside Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, at an event at the UN Headquarters, here today.
The UN chief also expressed concern that the countries that continued executions were also failing to meet their international obligations, particular in relation to transparency and compliance with international human rights standards.
“Some governments conceal executions and enforce an elaborate system of secrecy to hide who is on death row, and why,” Guterres said, underscoring that lack of transparency showed a lack of respect for the human rights of those sentenced to death and to their families, as well as damaging administration of justice more generally.