UN SG Ban embraces anti-death penalty push Joshua Pantesco at 1:49 PM ET
[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Wednesday in response to a press question about Italy's recent push for an international death penalty moratorium [IPS report] that he supports the international trend towards abolishing the death penalty. Ban came under fire from human rights groups earlier this month after he told the press [JURIST report] January 2, in the immediate wake of the Saddam Hussein execution and one day after his tenure as secretary-general began, that "[t]he issue of capital punishment is for each and every Member State to decide."
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