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UN rights chief tells Hamas to halt Gaza executions
Published Wednesday 14/08/2013 (updated) 17/08/2013 11:19
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GENEVA (AFP) -- UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged the Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas to halt a string of executions planned after the end of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

"I am deeply concerned at the possibility that executions might be carried out over the course of the next weeks in Gaza and urgently appeal to the de facto authorities there not to implement any death sentences," Pillay said in a statement.

Eid al-Fitr, which marks the close of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, ended last Sunday.

During Ramadan itself, Hamas authorities had said that executions would take place after the holiday but have given no specific date.

Pillay described the judicial process in Gaza as deeply flawed.

"I am concerned about the process by which death sentences are imposed by military and civilian courts in the Gaza Strip," she said.

"Serious concerns have also been raised about ill-treatment and torture during interrogations of persons later sentenced to death."

According to Amnesty International, those sentenced to death include a 27-year-old who confessed under torture to the rape and murder of a six-year-old boy, committed when he was under 18.

Another man on death row, aged 23, was sentenced for "collaboration" with Israel, Amnesty said.

Pillay said international human rights law requires rigorous fair trial standards in cases where death sentences are applied.

"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," she said.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel, murder and drug trafficking are all capital offenses.
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1 ) Mel / USA
14/08/2013 20:12
Who cares about stinking UN

2 ) Johnny benson / USA
14/08/2013 22:25
Your right Mel.....very right...but the UN does feed and support the gazans....but to hell with them,the UN that is....

3 ) lickadick / France
15/08/2013 00:45
#2 Yea, with US funding.

4 ) Malone / Hfx
15/08/2013 02:15
Agree about the pathetic UN,but executions in Gaza are a good thing

5 ) Bemused / New Zealand
15/08/2013 04:08
I must have missed her condemnation of the 23 executions already carried out in the US this year, not to mention the other nine slated for the rest of the year - after all, there couldn't possible be double standards in the UN, could there.....

6 ) shirleys / australia
15/08/2013 04:14
what ajoke isrel kills pals everday EGYPT juntajust mowed down a thousnad protersters massacre and because hamas execute collabortaors thewy get a rap from this hypocrite zionist dog she says nothing about US capitol punishment or US gitmo torture what f joke this uNITED NATO HEADQUARTERS IS ban ki moon not aword about US war crimes and illegal WAR in libya time foir the UN to get dumped sack blair you war crime collaboratorsAND ABBASS THE TRAITOR

7 ) shirleys / australia
15/08/2013 04:25
A PAGAN INDIAN WHY DOES SHE NO DEMAND INDIA OUT OF KASHMIR AND ITS ILLEGAL BRUTAL OCCUPATION ABBASS AND HIS TREACHORY JUST STABBED KURDS KASHMIRIS AND MB IN THE BACK ALONG WITH GAZA THE EU WILL NOT LIFT A FINGER TOSTOP ISREAL IT WILL DEFER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND ALREADY OPP SYRIA WILLING TO GO TO TALKS WITH ASSAD TRAITOR ABBASS THE DICTATOR GETS PREOPLE KILED FOR NOTHING AND HE AGREES TO NO CONDITIONS THE US EU WILL DESTROY THE WEST BANK collabortaors usually go first plenty in ramallah

8 ) Sonia Klug / Canada
15/08/2013 15:31
@7 ''A PAGAN INDIAN'' Do you find women that are cleverer and better educated than you, a threat?

9 ) Ausie / Oz
15/08/2013 23:35
Pagan Indian? Is that Islam talking? In Australia, you are free to believe what you like. Do you think "pagans" as you say are not worthy - are only Muslims deserving if respect? Please leave Australia # 7.

10 ) shirleyS / australia
16/08/2013 02:56
at sonia klug how do you know this woman is more educated than me do you know mE and as for awoman that holds this position of power as u human rights so called uholder shows that even the likes of herself can cherry pick her human rights targets and as for clecver it does notr take clever to be adecent human being the most clever people have been the most horrendous war criminals and women are certainly not the peace keepers she is BIASED GEt an education HINDUS are PAGANS &most likly her backg

11 ) Reader / from Edmonton
16/08/2013 03:09
What about the extra-judicial executions in Egypt? Do try to remain focused and relevant Navi Pillay.

12 ) Sonia Klug / Canada
16/08/2013 18:09
@10 When she spells the following words; ‘’collaborators’’, ‘’Uholde’’, ‘’clecver’’, ‘’notr’’ and ‘’likly’’ she chooses to you a spell checker. Unlike you, she is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A South African of Indian Tamil origin, and was the first non-white woman on the High Court of South Africa and has also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Unlike you she writes in sentences.

13 ) Citizen Of / The World
16/08/2013 18:22
- Executions (often without trial) by Hamas will continue in Gaza, and
- Crack-downs (killing 100s) by the military will continue in Egypt, and
- Genocide (killing 1,000s) by the Assad regime will continue in Syria, but
despite being the most condemned state on the planet (based on UN res.),
- Israel's government has never engaged in any such inhuman conduct !!!
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