UN calls for abolition of death penalty for criminals

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on world leaders which have not forbidden the extreme practice of death penalty to urgently stop executions.
Guterres said at an event at the UN Headquarters in New York that the death penalty had done little to deter crimes.
He welcomed that some 170 countries have either abolished death penalty or put a moratorium on its use, most recently, Gambia and Madagascar.
Guterres added that executions in 2016 were down 37 per cent compared to that of 2015.



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