scoop.co.nz 11 Mar, 2021 20:00 am

USA: UN Experts Call For President Biden To End Death Penalty

USA: UN Experts Call For President Biden To End Death Penalty
GENEVA (11 March 2021) – UN human rights experts* have called on President Biden to do everything in his power to end executions in the United States, at both the federal and state level. “The death penalty is an abhorrent practice. It serves ...

“The death penalty is an abhorrent practice.The death penalty is an inherently flawed form of punishment which disproportionately impacts African-Americans and people living in poverty,” they stressed.The death penalty also continues to be imposed following violations of due process guarantees, such as lack of access to an effective legal defense, and in ignorance of essential facts.We further urge the President, as well as members of Congress, to strongly support legislative efforts to formally abolish the death penalty at federal level.

“In the meantime, President Biden should consider all other possible federal-level actions including directing the Department of Justice to stop seeking the death penalty and withdrawing notices of intent to seek the death penalty in ongoing cases.“Action must also be taken to address death penalties handed down at the state level,” said the experts, noting President Biden committed during his campaign to work to incentivize states to eliminate the death penalty.

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