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(Aug 23, 2013) On August 14, 2013, Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke out against executions scheduled in the Gaza Strip. The area has been controlled by the organization Hamas since 2007. According to Pillay, there is concern "at the possibility that executions might be carried out over the course of the next weeks in
Pillay went on to say that she was concerned about the method of imposition of the death sentences by military and civil courts in
Ismail Jaber, the Attorney General of the Hamas regime, stated on the day that Pillay spoke out that the death penalty is imposed only "after all legal proceedings … are exhausted." (John Heilprin, UN: Hamas Must Halt Prisoner Executions in Gaza, ABC NEWS (Aug. 14, 2013).) Jaber went on to say that the executions were planned for a person convicted of the rape of a boy and for the murder of that boy and another. He stated that the execution would be carried out in front of the victims' families and other community figures "to deter others from committing similar offenses." (
Amnesty International (AI) has noted that in at least one case, the convicted person now facing the death penalty was under 18 years of age at the time of the crime. (UN Rights Chief Tells Hamas to Halt Gaza Executions, MA'AN NEWS AGENCY (Aug. 15, 2013).) AI also asserted that another of the death row inmates was sentenced in March 2013 for "collaboration with an enemy entity" by the
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Capital punishment More on this topic|
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Last updated: 08/23/2013