Originally posted on Faktensucher:

Independent UN human rights expert urges Gambia to halt stream of executions.

28 August 2012 –An independent United Nations human rights expert today strongly condemned the recent execution of nine people in the Gambia, and called on the Government to refrain from executing an additional 39 people reported to be on death row.

“This stream of executions is a major step backwards for the country, and for the protection of the right to life in the world as a whole,” saidthe UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns.

The expert recalled that the country was at the forefront in the region’s efforts to abolish the death penalty in law and practice, with a moratorium on the death penalty for 27 years and the abolition of capital punishment for drug offences in April 2011.

The prisoners were shot dead by firing squad on Sunday, according…

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