Death penalty amounts to torture: UN
The UN's anti-torture expert says that the death penalty should be considered cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited under international conventions banning torture.
United Nations: The UN's anti-torture expert says that the death penalty should be considered cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited under international conventions banning torture.
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E Mendez presented the General Assembly with a report today that found a growing momentum toward abolition of the death penalty around the world, mainly fuelled by concerns over the legality of executions.
He said currently the death penalty is treated as an exception to the right to life provided for by international law. The United States, Singapore and Egypt all took exception to his argument, rejecting the notion that there was an evolving international consensus toward the abolition of the death penalty, Mendez said.
The Pakistan government has formally informed India that evidence provided by New Delhi in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case is not admissible in a Pakistani court.
Disclosing any information on Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was hanged 21 November in a Pune jail, could affect India's sovereignty and strategic interests, the Maharashtra government has told a Right to Information (RTI) activist.