What is the position of the UN Secretariat regarding death penalty? Can the UN support a tribunal that can impose the death penalty?
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2016
The 2007 UN Juridical Yearbook includes a legal opinion on this topic, p. 475. The title and head note of the opinion follows, the full text is available on the Juridical Yearbook website and in the print volume (ST/LEG/SER.C/45), emphasis added:
8 (a): Note to the Chef de Cabinet, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, on the death penalty under international law and the position of the United Nations Secretariat
Question of death penalty under international law—Restrictions and/or prohibition applies to parties of certain regional and universal conventions—Position of the United Nations Secretariat that United Nations-based Tribunals shall not be empowered to impose the death penalty—The United Nations Secretariat has refused to lend its assistance to courts and tribunals empowered to impose the death penalty.
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