UN rights office condemns 'obscene' Iraqi executions
12 October, 2013
GENEVA: The UN rights office on Friday condemned Iraq's "obscene" execution of 42 convicts within a week, saying the country's justice system was too flawed to allow any use of capital punishment.
The strongly worded statement from the world body's human rights watchdog came a day after Iraq's justice ministry said that 42 people convicted of "terrorism" had been put to death over the past week.
Iraq also executed 23 people during two days in September, 20 of them convicted on "terrorism" charges.
"The justice system in Iraq is too seriously flawed to warrant even a limited application of the death penalty, let alone dozens of executions at a time," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN's high commissioner for human rights.
"Large-scale executions of the sort that have been carried out on a number of occasions over the past two years in Iraq are not only obscene and inhuman, they are most probably in contravention of international law," he told reporters.