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Iraq/Tariq Aziz/death penalty

Published on October 28, 2010
Iraq – Statement by Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty¹

Madrid, October 27, 2010

On behalf of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, I express the deep concern over the death sentences imposed by the Supreme Court of Iraq to the former Iraqi Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, and other former officials who could be executed soon.

The International Commission believes that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It violates the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The death penalty should not be applied whatever the circumstances, regardless of the gravity of the crime.

The International Commission against the Death Penalty wants to add its voice to the international community’s call against executions and urges the Iraqi authorities not to apply these death sentences under any circumstances./.

¹ Source of English text: International Commission against the Death Penalty.

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