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UN rights chief denounces `cold-blooded` Iraq executions

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 01:21

Geneva: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay today condemned a series of `cold-blooded` killings of Iraqi soldiers and religious leaders by Sunni militants, saying it amounted to war crimes.

Iraq executes two despite international outcry

Last Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014, 23:21

Iraq executed two people convicted on anti-terror charges on Monday, the justice ministry said, despite international condemnation of Baghdad`s use of the death penalty and criticism of the country`s judicial system.

Saudi beheads Pakistanis in year`s first executions

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 20:05

Saudi authorities beheaded today two Pakistanis for drug smuggling in the ultra-conservative kingdom`s first executions of the year, the interior ministry said.

Increase in Iraq executions draws international ire

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 10:09

Iraq’s use of the death penalty has increased despite international condemnation, with some fearing execution rates could rise further as officials seek to appear tough on security ahead of elections.

Pakistan temporarily halts state executions

Last Updated: Sunday, August 18, 2013, 21:13

Pakistan`s government has halted all state executions temporarily, just a week ahead of the planned hangings of several al Qaeda-linked militants.

Nawaz Sharif orders immediate halt to executions in Pakistan

Last Updated: Sunday, August 18, 2013, 13:30

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday ordered an immediate halt to the carrying out of death sentences till he has discussed the matter with President Asif Ali Zardari, an official spokesman said.

Iraq executes 21 in one day on `terror` charges

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 21:01

Iraq put 21 men to death on Tuesday, a senior justice ministry official told AFP, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation.

Rights group accuses Libya militias of executions

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 13:21

Libyan rebels appear to have executed scores of fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a human rights group said.

UN experts ask Iran to stop executions

Last Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:41

Three top UN human rights experts have appealed to Iran to declare a moratorium on the death penalty.

Iran executed 670 in 2011, says UN investigator

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 12:52

Iran executed some 670 people last year, most of them for drug crimes that do not merit capital punishment under international law and more than 20 for offences against Islam.

Activists allege execution-style killings in Syria

Last Updated: Friday, March 02, 2012, 20:05

Syrian activists accused regime forces of carrying out execution-style killings and burning homes.

Iraq executes 14 in one day, 65 this year

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 08, 2012, 18:03

Iraq executed 14 people on a single day this week, most of them al Qaeda members.